That means that the likes of Marcus Rashford MBE – who has been named the first winner and fore-bearer of the Marcus Rashford Award will take a sustainable Nagami gong home with them.
Nagami bring 3D printing and robotic manufacturing to large scale products and objects with a wide range of customisation, which can be seen in the detail of the WFS Awards.
Research and innovation are at the core of their products, and their 3.6-metre high ‘Plasticity’ installation – designed by Italian architect Niccolo Casas and in collaboration with the Italian Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia – pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved with upcycled plastic waste.
The WFS Awards design builds on that same ethos and both World Football Summit and Nagami hope that this partnership will bring more attention to the tonnes of plastic waste swilling in the world’s waters.
“According to the IUCN, at least eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year,” said WFS director, Jan Alessie.
“And by creating these beautifully designed, sustainable awards in collaboration with Nagami, we hope we can raise even more awareness of the damage being caused to our planet by needless human waste.”
Every WFS Award winner will get their hands on a Nagami-made award, with the finalists named on 2 September and winners confirmed a week later on 9 September.
Those winners will then be invited to the WFS Europe stage to talk about their projects and share their work with the global football industry.