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Sustainability Round-up: UEFA, Subway, World Rugby…

May 23 2024

Also in the news: FC Barcelona Women, England Athletics and more…

Sustainability Round-up: UEFA, Subway, World Rugby…

UEFA has announced the introduction of the Walking Football Cup. The inaugural event saw four teams composed of adults between 52 and 80 from England, Gibraltar, Portugal and Sweden join to share and test various adaptations to the Laws of the Game. The Cup is part of the European football governing body’s ambition of mobilising the football community and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for all.

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FC Barcelona Women featured in the recent final of the Queen’s Cup against Real Sociedad in Zaragoza. In collaboration with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), the City Council of Zaragoza and the Royal Society, the match saw its carbon footprint measured, electric buses offered for fans, while the fan zone was situated just minutes from the stadium. The City Council of Zaragoza also offered discounts for using bicycles, electric scooters and electric motorcycles to reach the game.

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Early research from England Athletics has found that club runners who have access to a Mental Health Champion experience more positive mental wellbeing when compared to the average group runner.

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Subway has launched the ‘Fresh Moves’ initiative, which is dedicated to promoting emerging sports and the importance of being active. The restaurant chain has partnered with GB Basketball, Breaking GB and Skateboard GB to participate in a series of campaigns including funding events, coaching and schools programmes.

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Goodwood Estate, which hosts a number of events across sport and entertainment, has published its 2023 Sustainability Report. The report highlights numerous accomplishments, including a tree planting scheme, wildlife conservation and the introduction of a biomass boiler.

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In collaboration with the European Tour Group’s ‘Green Drive’ initiative, the 2024 Volvo China Open carried out several activities to promote sustainability during the event. The tournament promoted green, low-carbon travel, urging spectators to use public transport, reducing emissions. The 2023 edition of the tournament marked the inaugural year of collaboration with Bluewater, a water purification technology firm. Bluewater expanded the number of water stations from 17 to 21, dispensing approximately 175,000 litres of water. This helped to reduce the equivalent of 350,000 500ml plastic bottles.

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The Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environment Research Foundation, the R&A and the US Golf Association have together launched the International Turfgrass Research Initiative to further the advancement of sustainable approaches to golf course and turfgrass management.

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World Rugby and Capgemini have revealed that 25 female leaders from across the globe are set to participate in the Capgemini Women in Rugby Leadership Programme in 2024 and 2025. The aim is to drive the visibility of female leaders in the rugby community, and to accelerate the development of the women and girls’ game.

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Image: Courtesy of Subway

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