5 ways your sports club can benefit from being more sustainable – Sport Wales

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We all know that climate change is having a devastating impact around the world. But have you considered how much sport in Wales is feeling the effects of flooding, extreme heat, and water shortages too? And how can sport play its part in protecting our planet?

To help clubs and organisations do their bit to reduce their environmental impact, a brilliant new online hub is jampacked with ideas, guides and information.

So, what are the benefits of becoming a more sustainable club? Here’s our top five.

Saving money

As well as helping the planet, becoming a more sustainable club can also help you save money.

Solar panels, energy efficient LED lighting and motion sensors, improved heating and hot water systems can all help you lower your energy bills. 

Did you know that 58 sports clubs across Wales received an Energy Saving Grant from Sport Wales to help cover the cost of energy saving measures?

Elsewhere, in Llandudno, Maesdu Golf Club is working with Welsh Water and its Rainscape project to harvest water so it can be used in sprinklers around the course, lessening the club’s reliance on the mains system – and reducing costs.

Find out more about what Wales Golf is doing to play its part.

Top Tip: Look out for another chance to apply for an Energy Saving Grant soon!

Attracting new people 

In a world that is striving to become net zero, new members and volunteers will appreciate the efforts you make to be more environmentally friendly.

Increasingly, customers want to make ethical decisions so remember to shout about the moves you’re making to be greener.

In 2023, Run 4 Wales reported that 75% of participants who completed post-event surveys stated that protecting the environment was very important to them when choosing events. A further 21% said it was important.

Gareth Ludkin, Head of Sustainability at Run 4 Wales, says:

“We’re finding that participants are increasingly influenced by sustainability when deciding which events to enter. We have launched a Climate Action Fund which has raised £38,000 so far. It provides our participants with the opportunity to support conservation, carbon reduction and climate adaptation projects.”

Top Tip: Make sure you promote what you’re doing to be more environmentally friendly. Take a look at Run 4 Wales’ Sustainability page for some ideas.

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