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Gaelic Athletic Association cements commitment to sustainability

April 18 2024

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has reiterated its commitment to sustainability, thanks to a project in collaboration with Portuguese football club FC Porto, as well as the Welsh and Danish Football Associations. 

Gaelic Athletic Association cements commitment to sustainability

As a result of the collaboration, the GAA hosted an event called ‘Activating the Sports Sector for Sustainability’ at Croke Park (pictured) in Dublin. Holding the event was also part of the requirements of a European-funded project called ACCESS (Achieving Circularity in Cities through the Environmental Sustainability of Sports).

Attendees included representatives from the Irish sports sector, as well as government, community and climate stakeholders. The event saw discussions surrounding challenges related to the climate crisis and its impact on sport, and how to support communities to take climate action within organisations they may be part of.

The GAA Green Club Programme is a model for sustainability action in sport at grassroots level, and was established to support Gaelic Games clubs in Ireland to take simple and effective sustainable action. The programme was structured around the themes of energy, water, waste, biodiversity, and travel and transport.

Phase one of the Green Club Programme ran between 2021 and 2023 with participation from more than 30 clubs across Ireland. The clubs established ‘Green Teams’ to carry out audits and engage in sustainability partnerships. During the first phase, the experience and input from clubs was used to develop the GAA’s first Green Club Toolkit, which was launched in 2022.

The toolkit contains resources, advice and guidance for GAA clubs and members to support action within energy, water, waste, biodiversity, and travel and transport. The toolkit also features practical case studies from Green Clubs across the island of Ireland, and is available to those in the GAA, the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association, as well as Camogie (an Irish stick-and-ball team sport played by women) clubs.

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