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Sustainable Clubs

Environmental issues are at the forefront of many people’s minds and with ever-increasing energy costs, finding alternative, renewable and cost effective ways of powering your stadium offices and training facilities be an important priority in forward planning.

Football clubs are often at the centre of their communities and therefore can operate as energy efficient role models to fans and other local communities members. By demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency within their own operations they can inspire others. Forest Green Rovers have been leading the way in environmental awareness for many years and is written into their Club Charter, but this shouldn’t be the exception.

FIFA have made several commitments regarding up-coming tournaments but we have stayed closer to home and put together a Green XI of English clubs that are each undertaking some form of environmental initiative that can in most cases, could easily be implemented at Non-League football clubs, for example:

FOREST GREEN ROVERS - Organic Football Pitch
Groundsman Stewart Ward created the UK’s first organic football pitch, achieved through the use of solar-powered equipment, sustainable line marking, photovoltaic panels and a ground-based solar system.

DARTFORD FC – Sustainable Stadium
Built in 2006, Princes Park became the UK’s first ‘sustainable small stadium’, incorporating a wide range of environmental features. Most impressive of all of its features is the use of an engineered timber and sedum roof covering which provides a living roof, with a natural air filtration.

For more information on how you can help reduce your environmental impact visit:
The Carbon Trust and/or Sport England

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