GSS reaches crowdfunding target to develop ‘Sustainable Sports’ educational programme and provide free places to those who cannot afford to participate.
Global Sustainable Sport, in partnership with its sustainability educational experts Daniel Cade and Nico Decurtins, reached its targeted funding to support the development of its ‘Sustainable Sports’ educational programme and to provide free places to students and those who cannot afford the programme.
The crowdfunding project raised €21,385 to reach its target of €20,000 by Friday 19th August.
Commenting on successfully reaching the crowdfunding co-designer of the GSS Educational Programme, Daniel Cade, stated:
“We are delighted to have reached our crowdfunding target and would like to thank everyone who has contributed and encouraged us to develop this platform. It is a great vote of confidence in the work that we are doing in this area of sport and sustainability. This idea has evolved as a direct result of our consulting work. To roll-out a robust, meaningful, and impactful sustainability strategy, everyone within the organisation has to be on board. We’ve found in the past that the understanding as to what sustainability is, how it is relevant to sport, and why activities should be performed outside of the sustainability department, is lacking. That’s why we’re building this course.”
“We are so grateful for everyone’s support. We have had a tremendous response and are truly inspired by the encouragement we have received. We, in turn, are trying to inspire and ultimately change an entire industry. Environmental and social responsibility in sport needs to take a big step. With this programme we're trying to scale our own reach and give more organisations and individuals access to our knowledge, and that of other experts from around the world. Together, we can leverage the power of sport, and we hope that by offering this programme we can provide that lever.
The GSS Educational Programme will provide everything that is needed to understand the most important aspects of sport and sustainability, helping individuals and organisations to become GSS Champions of Sustainability. The self-paced online programme will equip sustainability managers, senior executives and industry professionals with insights into sustainability from renowned industry experts.
The programme allows for a customised curriculum approach, enabling individuals or organisations to create their own programmes of workshops and modules or to sign up to the whole course. The Core Modules are built upon one another, providing a solid roadmap to follow. The Deep Dive modules see industry experts provide insights into some of the most relevant areas of sustainability in sport.
Each module will take around 120-180 minutes and is composed of different elements such as videos, readings, quizzes and podcasts.
Supporting the educational modules will be workshops that are organised throughout the year, involving industry experts sharing their knowledge and experience across each of the seven GSS Sustainable Pillars of Sport.
All modules and workshops are free to organisations who are participating in the GSS Champions Programme or can be purchased on an individual basis.
The GSS Educational Programme is being run in parallel with Global Sustainable Sport’s Champions of Sustainability Programme.
The aim of the GSS Champions of Sustainability Programme is to help every sports organisation, federation, team, league, club, event, venue, host city, nation, brand, broadcaster and supplier to become a “Champion of Sustainability”.
Mike Laflin, CEO and Founder of Global Sustainable Sport, commented:
“We would like to say a huge thank you to the sports industry and to our friends for this tremendous support and encouragement to build this platform. So many people have commented on how they are enjoying our online services and this will help strengthen and broaden the services we can offer through the platform.”.
“The educational programme perfectly connects with our Champions of Sustainability Programme as it helps organisations and people develop their knowledge and understanding of sustainability as they progress from the planning stage through to becoming a Champion of Sustainability.”
The Champions of Sustainability programme will launch in September with the Global Sustainable Sports Survey, which is free to participate in. Organisations can then join the Champions programme , which will include a full evaluation and assessment of their activities at the end of 2023. The programme will conclude with a series of reports published on different elements of sport and sustainability and an awards programme in spring 2024 to recognise the amazing achievements of different stakeholders across the different GSS Sustainable Pillars of Sport.
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