In doing so, Meath LSP will be the first Local Sports Partnership in Ireland to develop a county-wide sustainability programme.
Why is Meath LSP doing this?
As the globe feels the impact of increased carbon emissions and a warming atmosphere, sport offers a unique platform to engage clubs and communities around the key environmental, social and economic issues.
In addition to helping Meath clubs operate sustainably, a core vision for the initiative will be to educate and inspire their people, particularly children, around positive, healthy behaviours.
What are the details?
The initiative has been planned across a three-year period, with several key milestones over the next year:
- Official brand campaign launched later this month.
- ‘Sustainability & Sport’ symposium at Navan’s Solstice Centre (Saturday 28 January 2023), engaging Meath’s sports clubs and stakeholders.
- Select ‘Innovator’ clubs taking part in a 12-month pilot programme, to help identify and develop a ‘sustainability toolkit’ for use across the county.
What are people saying?
“This initiative sits perfectly with Meath Local Sport Partnership’s aim of ‘More people, more active, more often”, according to Mary Murphy, Meath LSP’s Senior Executive Officer.
“As climate change is already affecting opportunities for sport in the county, we want to help our clubs build a healthy future – one that benefits players, neighbouring communities and the environment.”
“Together with Meath Local Sports Partnership, Meath County Council is committed to promoting sustainable development and respect for the environment in and through sport”, noted Jackie Maguire, Meath County Council’s Chief Executive.
“To this end, the Council will support and nurture this initiative to help reach communities, participants and fans about sustainability issues and lead the debate on climate change and sport at a local level.”
Want to know more?
If you would like to know more about this initiative, please contact our Managing Partner, Patrick Haslett.
(Pictured L to R in above image) – Cllr David Gilroy (Project Team), Damien Sheridan (Meath GAA GPO), Stacey Grimes (Meath LGFA GDO), Jackie Maguire (CEO, Meath County Council), Niall Kane (Leinster Rugby DO], Cllr Nick Killian (Cathaoirleach, Meath County Council), Alison Lynch (Meath LSP Board Member), Ruairi Murphy (Meath LSP Programme Manager), Dara McGowan (Director of Services, Meath County Council), Richie Smith (FAI DO), Patrick Haslett (Managing Partner, Impact 3 Zero), Mary D’Arcy (Climate Change Co-Ordinator, Meath County Council), with pupils of Yellow Furze N.S.)