Who’s doing it?
For a decade, BASIS (British Association for Sustainable Sport) has championed sport’s power to guide society towards environmental and social sustainability.
On Tuesday 1st November, BASIS hosted its annual awards event at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium, celebrating those clubs and organisations putting sustainability at the heart of their activities.
What did these awards cover?
This year’s winners were selected across three key areas and six categories:
Social Impact: Education – Planet Earth Games (Sustainable School Games)
Social Impact: Engagement – Hubbub (Manchester is Green)
Innovation: Process – World Sailing Trust (Carbon Fibre Circular Alliance)
Innovation: Product – Tiger Up! & Sportex Group
Strategy: Events – Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee (Creating a Carbon Neutral Legacy)
Several individual awards also recognised the work of key people advancing sustainability through UK sport.
Caroline Carlin (Operations & Sustainability Manager, Southampton Football Club), David Garrido (Presenter, Sky Sports), Kate Fortnam (Campaign Manager, The Green Blue) and Chris Smalling (AS Roma footballer), were collectively lauded for their efforts in this space.
Dr Sheila Nguyen, Head of Sustainability for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, was also granted Honorary Life membership for her work and influence over the past 15 years.
Why is this important?
The achievements of winners and nominees underline sport’s ability to promote sustainable social, community and environmental development.
Momentum is building and the clubs and organisations committing to the ‘long game’, are those that will reap the considerable benefits on offer.
Want to know more?
Take a listen to the ‘Emergency on Planet Sport’ podcast episode, recorded by sports presenter Jonathan Overend at the awards event itself. You’ll hear from the winners around their innovations and impacts so far.
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