Forest Green Rovers - the world's first vegan football club

The 'Q-Pie' is on Forest Green Rovers' vegetarian menu Credit: Forest Green Rovers

Meat has been off the menu for a while but Forest Green Rovers has now become the first all-vegan football club in the world.

The club has been serving vegetarian food only to players, staff and fans for the last four seasons. The Q-Pie made from substitute meat product 'Quorn' has been a menu staple.

Now, all meat products have been given the boot.

The gap between vegetarian and vegan food is actually quite small; it's a step rather than a leap to take. A lot of our food has been vegan for some time now, and this season we've taken the last small step.

Dale Vince, FGR Chairman

The club have stopped using fish, replaced cow's milk and even the beer and cider at The New Lawn Stadium is completely vegan.

Forest Green Rovers has been under Vince's chairmanship since 2011 Credit: ITV News

Club chairman said "the meat and dairy industry is responsible for more emissions than all the world’s planes, trains, cars and boats put together.

It involves incredible animal cruelty and staggering numbers: in Britain alone, over 1 billion animals are eaten each year – 3 million per day – and that's not even counting fish."

Each of these animals lives a short and awful life, and each of them consumes more food than their bodies provide us with.

Dale Vince, FGR Chairman

This is one of a number of steps the club has taken to becoming more sustainable.

Chairman Dale Vince has also introduced the installation of solar panels at the home ground and the use of a solar powered lawn mower.