Meet the team behind Kick Out Plastic.
Imperious and omnipresent, but it was his modesty that propelled him to stardom as a young player. He became team captain at FC Villarreal, and played a key role in the Spanish national team, with which he won the European Championship in 2008.
At the age of 16, every football player’s dream became a reality for Pedri: to be a FC Barcelona player! The Tinerfeño is always drawn back to his home: Tenerife. He loves the island and its unique nature.
As a player for Real Madrid, the Spanish national team and an advocate of equality, Ivana knows how to assert herself and deal with adversity – the ideal prerequisites in the fight against single-use plastic and environmental pollution.
Long time environmental advocate and lateral thinker, Lars Böcking is the charismatic President of Kick Out Plastic. Inspired to make the world a better place for his children and the next generation, he deeply believes in the power of sport as a vehicle for global change. In his capacity as President, Lars brings with him a breadth of experience in sustainability and its practical application to the business of sport.
The former coach of Bayer 04 Leverkusen now coaches Benfica, in Portugal. Roger always cared about the environment and with his experience as a professional coach, he does have an impact on his players, but also wants to raise awareness for the environmental problems, humanity is facing.
The former tennis professional has been one of the most popular German sports presenters since 2003, whether on Sport1 or Magenta TV. Charismathically and empathetically, he is particularly committed to fringe sports. And from now on for #KOP.
Ferran loves the mountains and the Spanish countryside. Conscientious, The Spanish international and latest Manchester City signing loves the mountains and the Spanish countryside. Conscientious, grounded and always humble, Ferran understands his responsibility as a role model to lead by example and take action for the benefit of his future, and for that of the generations to come.
National champ in Adaptive Surfing and second place in the World Para Surfing, Mireia is an example of self improvement. As a surfer and ocean lover, she joins the Kick Out Plastic team with the goal of educating the next generations about the importance of ocean care. By working in the water, she has seen from personal experience the negative impact of marine pollution. Inspiring many who struggle with the same illness, she also gives educational and motivational workshops to promote surf as an inclusive therapy.
No, Leon Niederberger is no ordinary ice hockey professional.
Physical sport alone is not enough for the charismatic athlete.
Music is his second passion.
As an ambassador for KOP, he will give our foundation a voice.
His heart belongs to the sea. As a professional sailor, the native New Zealander has celebrated great international successes in almost all boat classes. During his sailing career, Jono was particularly inspired by Sir Peter Blake, and this passion for the sea continues after the end of his professional career. As an ambassador for Kick Out Plastic and as a sustainability expert, the father of two would like to use his voice as sustainable opinion leader.
The top-level German cross-country skier and 2 times Olympic gold medallist, has joined the KickOutPlastic ranks to save her local environment; the mountains. Besides her sports career, she is a caring mother and wants to inspire the next generation for a sustainable lifestyle.
Simon is a German actor with a great personality, known for more than 90 German and international film and television productions. He is also passionate about sailing. As an ambassador for Kick Out Plastic, he is aware of his responsibility as a role model, especially as an actor and amateur athlete, and sets a good example to create a better future for himself and future generations.
Bernabé Zapata Miralles
Tennis player Bernabé Zapata continues to climb positions in the ATP world ranking and strengthens his commitment to sustainability. The Spanish tennis player, with deeply rooted family values, is involved in this initiative to care for and leave a better planet for upcoming generations. Young and dynamic, Bernabé Zapata is one of Valencia’s iconic athletes. The electric scooter, a non-polluting and sustainable mobility alternative, helps him get around the city.
Hockey World Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist and MVP of the German Hockey League, Carlos is totally aware of his responsibility towards society, to lead by example and to give back.
Much more than a tennis player. The Spanish 4-times winner of the ATP Tour, is a natural born winner. As a caring father he is now joining KickOutPlastic, to make sure his voice is heard both on and off the court for the upcoming generations. His constant travels around the world have opened up his eyes to swing his racket against single use plastic!
Leadership is one of the qualities that characterise Joan on and off the field.
Recognised one of the most competitive midfielders in Spanish football, the man from Girona has a clear vision and understands the importance of taking action in the face of environmental problems.
As a player with strong, fundamental team values, he decided to get involved in the Kick Out Plastic project and take responsibility for a more sustainable planet.
A friend to the stars, Ana is a renowned Spanish stylist responsible for dressing Georgina Rodriguez (the wife of Cristiano Ronaldo), Sara Carbonero and Marco Asensio, among others.
His world: the mountains. His happy place: Canada. “In nature there are forces more powerful than ourselves, and you have to respect certain rules,” says the freerider and filmmaker.
Bene jack-of-all-trades: Freerider, participant in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, successfully podcasting at the limit, and in 2016 stood on the podium at the dance show “Dance Dance Dance”. And now? #KickingButts for #KOP.
This German FIFA World Cup, Bundesliga and domestic cup winner tried to keep a clean sheet for FC Kaiserslautern and Borussia Dortmund in more than 450 professional games, and now that he has retired from the game, the defence of the environment has become one of his priorities. The Westerwald native not only loves the nature of his homeland, but also feels very much at home in the Spanish Mediterranean. As a football commentator on RTL Nitro, Roman is also well aware of his influential role in the media and would like to put it to good use by joining the Kick Out Plastic community.
The tech-savvy player doesn’t just shine on the field. The captain of FC Schalke 04 is a charismatic leader who works tirelessly to make our planet a better place.
Most of his time, he spends on fields: the football fields, where he already won under-19 and under-21 European Championships, and those that are full of olive trees in his hometown Córdoba. Proud of his roots and always in contact with nature, he is about to launch his own brand of organic extra virgin olive oil of the highest quality.
The 2x Olympian and 7 times World Champion with the German national ski cross team. Being used to overcome constant obstacles, Heidi Zacher will embrace this new challenge and become an environmental role model at KickOutPlastic.
He’s a fighter, one of a kind, with nearly 900 games under his belt over the course of his career. In 2019, the former national ice hockey player hung up his skates and has since been busy with more sustainable projects, such as the production of high-quality hats.
The workout fanatic and Instagram influencer has a great outreach. Working for DAZN as a reporter, Daniel will now grab the microphone and raise his voice in the fight against plastic pollution and give insights into sustainable strategies in the world of sports.
A technical player, able to dazzle and shine, Víctor is a charismatic leader in the fight for a better planet.
He says what he thinks and doesn’t hold back on critical issues either, because “as a player you have to be socially responsible”. Professional football player turned DAZN commentator, Ralph’s voice is being broadcast all around the world.
Passionate about animals and nature, Unai grew up in the Basque Country, which offers beautiful landscapes and great biodiversity. At a young age, he realized that both are endangered, thus he focusses on protecting biodiversity and the environment in general.
Miguel Angel Vila
The successful Valencian entrepreneur is the perfect fit as a secretary. In business as well as in private life, always in control of the financial side of things, yet with a strong focus on sustainability.