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Keen to go green? There are lots of things that sports clubs can do to be more environmentally friendly.

To provide you with some inspiration, we take a look at seven sports clubs and organisations across Wales who are all making strides to be more sustainable.

What can your club do to be more environmentally friendly?

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Cricket Wales gets serious about energy

Four cricket clubs in Torfaen are taking part in an energy saving pilot. Inspired by WSA’s Sustainability conference last year, Cricket Wales decided it was high time it knew more about a club’s individual carbon footprint. 

It is now commissioning Energy Saving Reports for four different clubs and, through its ECB County Grants Fund, it will then spend £10,000 on energy saving measures at each club.

Facilities Investment Manager Victoria Jones says: “We’ll be able to pinpoint exactly which measures will make the biggest difference and then we’ll be able to inject some funding into the clubs. Not only will the clubs be able to reduce their bills, they will also cut their carbon footprint.”

Pick up litter and reuse event materials

The bike club blazing a trail 

Oneplanet Adventure Bike Club in Llandegla is steering its way towards a greener future. For Mary Hext, it all starts with enjoying and respecting the environment around you: 

“As coaches, we are role models in our behaviour; picking up litter, fixing inner tubes rather than throwing them away and sharing second-hand cycle clothing and parts. We encourage our kids club to explore and enjoy our local areas but at the same time respect the environment."

Mary has also been a leading voice to encourage more of a regional spread of Welsh Cycling races to reduce mileage. Course tape and competition number boards are reused where possible and cable ties, that were used to attach the number boards, have been swapped in favour of biodegradable string. Of course, equipping young people with the skills to ride a bike will also hopefully lead to more sustainable travel in the future.

Reward and celebrate sustainability heroes 

Fell runners champion sustainability

The Welsh Fell Runners Association celebrates the work of its community across Wales and the borders in sustainability and environmental issues. Its Environment Awards include categories for race organisers who are leading the way in making their fell races more sustainable. 

Winners even receive a free year’s membership and money to spend on making further improvements in sustainability. 

The organisation has also appointed an Environment Officer and published its Climate Change and Environment Guidance.

Baskets of food including fruit, vegetables, pastires and bread
The Community Fridge in Caldicot.

Don’t waste food

The gymnastics club mounting food waste campaign

According to WRAP Cymru, 100,000 tonnes of food waste was thrown away in 2021-22. But Wye Gymnastics and Galaxy Cheerleading is doing what it can to get food in bellies - and not in the bin.

The club is home to the Caldicot Community Fridge – a space where food, which would otherwise end up in the bin, ends up at a good home. With Greggs, Aldi and Co-Op all donating perishable items, the club has helped save 75,000kg of food waste from landfill.

CEO Carly Hawke says, “We were really keen to help make an impact on the community and do something good. In turn, it has raised our profile locally. People coming to the fridge didn’t even know about the club beforehand. It has definitely increased footfall.”

Create dedicated green spaces

Going green at the golf club 

The Covid pandemic was time to stop and pause for Hawarden Golf Club. Volunteers there set up a sustainability group and, as a result, it has extended its wildflower planting, ‘no mow’ areas and installed more bird boxes and introduced beehives.

It planted 340 new trees in 2023 and has also worked alongside Hawarden Bee Sanctuary and North Wales Wildlife Trust.

The club also secured a grant from Sport Wales to install a system which collects and recycles rainwater. The water is used to wash down buggies and mowers. Not only has the club made a positive step to contribute to the environment, it has also reduced its water bill.

Find out more about the club’s sustainability work.

Two people in beekeeping suits inspect a beehive.
Hawarden Golf Club is now home to a beehive!
Wildflowers at Hawarden Golf Club
A wildflower garden at Hawarden Golf Club.
A young girl planting seeds in a field
The juniors at Hawarden Golf Club planting seeds for a wildflower garden.
A fence made out of branches and twigs with an insect hotel structure.
Hawarden have built a dead hedge and insect hotel, creating habitats for insects and birds.

Get funding

Tennis club nets energy saving grant

Stow Park Lawn Tennis Club in Newport is getting energy savvy thanks to a grant from Sport Wales. 

The club received funding to:

  • upgrade its windows and doors so they don’t let as much heat escape
  • install energy efficient LED lighting
  • buy a new hot water heater
  • and benefit from solar panels and battery storage.

Keep an eye out for another chance to apply for an Energy Saving Grant soon!

Help nature thrive 

The football club reserving space for nature

Welshpool Town Football Club has already installed solar panels and battery storage to power its changing rooms , with funding from Cymru Football Foundation and Montgomeryshire District Foundation.

And when it received a cash boost from Cymru Football Foundation and the UK Government for three new junior pitches, the grassroots club was eager to make the most of the surrounding beautiful countryside.

It secured a grant from the Landfill Disposal Tax Community Scheme to grow wildflowers and to install bird and bat boxes. It is working closely with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust in its bid to attract pollinators, particularly butterflies and also dragonflies from the nearby canal.

Get started by kicking off the sustainable conversation – if you’re a club or a sports organisation, head to the new online hub which has some really handy information including worksheets, videos and guides.

We would love to know what you’re doing to be more eco-friendly so drop us a line on X (formerly Twitter) or Facebook. 

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