The tournament’s official sponsors E.ON, a leading UK power and gas company, have gotten the week off to a great start by bringing to FA Cup trophy to the competing cities as part of their Energy Fit campaign. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of energy efficiency with the fans of both finalist clubs have been challenged to see if they can light up Wembley this weekend and win £10,000 for their club’s Community Trust programme.
Going head-to-head, fans are being given the chance to jump on board the Energy Fit Fans Experience – a structure, complete with specially designed kinetic flooring that will register the amount of energy generated by fans jumping up-and-down for 30 seconds. The fans that produce the most energy will be announced at half-time at The FA Cup Final on Saturday, 14 May and will win £10,000 for the Community Trust programme.
Designed to raise awareness of energy efficiency, the Energy Fit Fans Experience will demonstrate how much energy it takes to power a range of household appliances. Put simply, the more people that participate at one time, the more efficiently energy is produced:
- Seventy Blues would be required to generate enough energy in 30 seconds in order to power a digital camera for the big day,
- Over 800 Potters fans would need to take part to boil a single half-time cup of tea,
- 3,500 would need to take part to power a 42” TV to watch The FA Cup Final,
- Meanwhile it would take over 13,500 fans taking part to power a washing machine to clean the two kits after the final whistle.
Yesterday Stoke celebrity fan Nick Hancock joined club legend Lou Macari in assisting the trophy on its tour visiting local schools, universities and sports stadiums. Later today, Paul Dickov, who scored a priceless goal on Manchester City’s last visit to Wembley, will be present today at Piccadilly Square in Manchester where the journey continues. Diehard blue and former England rugby international Will Greenwood will be challenging fans to accompany him in the Poznan on Friday at Wembley.
“This season, through our Energy Fit campaign, we’re trying to educate people about the importance of energy efficiency,” said Phil Boas, Head of Sponsorship at E.ON UK.
“As well as helping people control their energy bills, we’ve also been able to reward thousands of families with unique FA Cup prizes along the way.”
Since its launch in November last year, the Energy Fit campaign has helped over 100,000 homeowners have cut down their energy usage.
Those unable to make any of tour events can play the online game at www.eonenergyfit.com/facup to generate more energy than your FA Cup rivals and win £10,000 towards your club’s Community Trust programme.