Boys have goal of saving the world

Michael Pangburn and Ben Thomas, both 11, from St Theresa's Primary School have received letters from Manchester United and Blackpool FC after asking them to save energy.

Michael Pangburn and Ben Thomas, both 11, from St Theresa's Primary School have received letters from Manchester United and Blackpool FC after asking them to save energy.

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Ben Thomas and Michael Pangburn are going to change the world.

The eco-conscious youngsters from St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School were tasked with writing a letter that would “change the world” by making others alter habits.

Putting pen to paper the duo decided to approach football clubs to challenge them on their use of energy, in particular lighting, in stadiums.

The boys hoped that by highlighting to clubs the importance of operating in an environmentally conscious way they would in turn influence their fans to do so too.

And the Cleveleys schoolchildren were delighted to then receive replies from their dream teams, Blackpool FC and Manchester United, promising to take their comments on board and do their bit to the help the environment.

Ben, 11, said: “We decided to write to football clubs because they’re big.

“We said what will happen if they don’t switch lights off.

“It’s important [to look after the environment] because God made the world and we need to look after it.”

Michael, also 11, said they wanted to get the football clubs’ attention so they can set an example to their hundreds of thousands of fans on green living.

He said: “If Manchester United say [about being environmentally friendly] everyone will listen.”

The letter was sent to Blackpool FC, Fleetwood Town FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Wigan Athletic and Bayern Munich.

Year Six teacher David Aaron said: “The boys’ letter was clear on why they were writing, they’re really passionate about making this change.”

In the replies, received just a few weeks after the boys approached them, the clubs explain the work they do for the environment and thanked the boys for their thoughts.

Mr Aaron added: “Manchester United’s letter was superb.”

Ben, a Newcastle United FC fan, said: “I was excited to get the letter, because of how big a club they are. The letter says the things they do to help global warming.”

Michael, a Seasiders fan, added: “It’s an honour to get the letter because we thought they wouldn’t think much of us.

“The letter was really detailed and said they’d take it in, what we’d said.”

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