Sustainability can be defined as the capacity to endure. There are three main sub-sets – social, economic and environmental. This site focusses on environmental sustainability, which has been interpreted for sports clubs as the ability to operate with minimal impact on the environment, and with the lowest practical running costs for energy, water and waste.
Welcome to Sustainable Clubs
Taking environmental sustainability seriously can save your club money.
A typical sports club spends around 30% of its running costs on energy, and about £10,000 each year on electricity alone.
By making changes to become more environmentally sustainable, club energy bills can be reduced by 10-20%. This could mean an annual saving of over £2,500, which can be fed directly back into sport.
This site has been developed on behalf of Sport England and the Pitch Sports Group.
It provides guidance to help community sports clubs use environmental sustainability to reduce their running costs. It contains a range of advice from understanding how much energy a club uses through to identifying, prioritising and funding sustainability projects.
The guidance on this site is designed to help users of all knowledge levels, whether this is the first time that you have considered sustainability, or you are more experienced and are looking for further opportunities. The navigation bar at the top of the page will help you to explore the different areas of the site. You may want to start your journey by using the Energy Calculator to find out how much your club spends on energy each year, and where you should focus your sustainability efforts.
Sustainability is an active topic, and the Sustainable Clubs website has content on the measures you can take to save money. This includes information on energy and legislation, to explain more about how you can mitigate the impacts of the legislation and taxation that are driving up energy prices.
For further information on sustainability and funding support that is specific to a particular sport, clubs should contact their National Governing Body.
If you have any questions about the topics discussed on this website, or to provide feedback, please email us.