Alex Scott challenges school children to give single-use plastic the boot

Sky Sports presenter launches new Sky Ocean Rescue and Premier League competition to find the best ideas to reduce single-use plastic in schools and communities

The Premier League and Sky Ocean Rescue have launched ‘The Plastic Pollution Challenge’ to get children thinking creatively about how they can reduce single-use plastics at school or in their community. The Premier League and Sky are working together to use their global reach and appeal to raise awareness of the environmental issues caused by plastic pollution. This competition is the latest element of the partnership, which aims to inspire fans worldwide to take positive action and reduce single-use plastics.

Alex Scott and The Plastic Pollution Challenge

Alex Scott challenges school children to give single-use plastic the boot

The ‘Plastic Pollution Challenge’, which tasks primary school pupils to make a pledge detailing how they will help reduce plastic pollution, was launched at the Princess May Primary School in Stoke Newington, London, by Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador Alex Scott. Primary school pupils from across England and Wales can enter the competition before 22 March 2019.

Premier League Primary Stars

The ‘Plastic Pollution Challenge’ forms part of the launch of new, free, downloadable Premier League Primary Stars PSHE teaching resources dedicated to the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign. They contain fun challenges and a quiz designed to help children understand the damage that single-use plastic has on the environment.

The Premier League Primary Stars education programme offers teachers free curriculum-linked resources across English, Maths, PE and PSHE. More than 16,000 primary schools have already engaged in the programme, which sees 105 Premier League, EFL and National League clubs also provide in-school support to primary schools across England and Wales.

Plasticus The Whale

The Plastic Pollution Challenge

There is a range of exciting prizes on offer for those taking part in the Challenge, including a visit from the Sky Ocean Rescue whale Plasticus, the Premier League Trophy and some exciting special guests for the overall winner.

Ten lucky runners-up will win a chance for their class to travel to the Sky Academy Studios in London where they will have the opportunity to film their pledge, while the first 100 classes to enter the competition will win a set of reusable Sky Ocean Rescue water bottles.

Alex Scott, Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador, said: 

“I’m passionate about working with young people to create a positive change around this important issue. Children are the future and will suffer most at the hands of single-use plastic, and so I’m excited to see the kids taking a lead today, pledging to make changes to help save our planet.”

The Plastic Pollution Challenge

Fiona Ball, Sky Group Head of Inspirational Business and Sky Ocean Rescue, added: 

“With the recent call from the government for all schools to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022, this competition provides the children with a chance to come up with fun and imaginative ways that will help reach that goal.”

Nick Perchard, Head of Community, Premier League, said: 

“Premier League Primary Stars uses the inspiration of the Premier League and its clubs to engage young people in a wide range of important areas. The Sky Ocean Rescue campaign has helped raise awareness of the critical issue of plastic pollution. By joining forces, we are encouraging children and the school community to pledge to make a change, no matter how small, to reduce the use of single-use plastic and contribute to improving the future of our schools, communities and oceans.”

Teachers can download the free Plastic Pollution Challenge resource pack now at


  • Helen

    January 16 at 10:49 am

    This is such an incredible campaign and such an important one too! Any way we can help reduce single use plastic is amazing ?

    1. IamMummyMatters

      January 17 at 9:26 pm

      Exactly, my children’s school is very eco-conscious which I love 🙂

  • Sonia

    January 18 at 9:48 am

    We are really trying to reduce the use of plastic in our home this year, it’s amazing how quickly the children have the ability to change things and really understand the need so it’s great that this initiate is being given in schools as they are the future after all x

    1. IamMummyMatters

      January 18 at 1:44 pm

      I found Christmas to be a really shocking time. We separated out all our paper, plastics, cardboard etc and when we took it to the recycling centre half of it couldn’t be recycled. We are definitely making changes too x

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