Environment Agency offers new guidance to help community sports clubs become more sustainable

New guidance from the Environment Agency focuses on the economic, social and environmental benefits of minimising plastic consumption. It is ideal for clubs that want to step up their green credentials.

The guidance covers how clubs can discover tips on sustainable kits swaps, reusable products, new sustainable club measures, and how to influence the adaptation of bathroom, kitchen and waste facilities to help reduce avoidable plastic consumption. These small changes can help clubs tackle the climate emergency, potentially save money, and encourage other clubs to become sustainable role models in their community too.

The guidance also encourages clubs, athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers to sign up to the Big Plastic Pledge – a global campaign founded by Olympic gold medallist Hannah Mills which calls on sport representatives to ramp up efforts to tackle plastic waste.

As part of England Athletics’ BASIS* membership, affiliated clubs are now entitled to FREE BASIS Associate membership. This entitles clubs to the BASIS fortnightly newsletter that will keep clubs up to date on sustainability topics within the sports sector as well as the chance to register for the monthly BASIS webinar series.

To register, email sally.cornelius@basis.org.uk giving your club’s email and name of your club.

* BASIS = The British Association for Sustainable Sport