Sustainability round-up: September 07
This week’s sustainability round-up includes Serie A’s goals; increased rugby participation ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023; teams securing their spots at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games; and the Rajasthan Royals' efforts to inspire girls in cricket.
Italy’s Serie A presented its 2030 Sustainability Strategy at a recent event entitled ‘Football Social Responsibility – 20 realities, a single team in the field for Sustainability’. Serie A was chosen by football’s European governing body UEFA to start a pilot project that will cement sustainability goals, and monitor and measure the results through specific performance indicators.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, which is set to kick off tomorrow (Friday), participation in the sport has increased 11% to 8.4 million in 2023. Some 57% of the new swathe of players are pre-teen, with 24% being girls. World Rugby noted that it has invested £575m in the development of the game between 2020 and 2023.
The IBSA (International Blind Sport Federation) World Games recently took place over two weeks in the UK city of Birmingham, with two goalball teams and three blind football teams securing their tickets to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. There is less than a year to go until Paris 2024, with Japan and China securing spots in the men’s and women’s goalball tournaments. Argentina, Brazil and Colombia qualified for the blind football tournament.
The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Rajasthan Royals launched Cricket Club 2023, a state-wide inter-school competition that will take place throughout September. The tournament has the objective of making the sport of cricket more inclusive and accessible to girls from across the state of Rajasthan.