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Launch of Green Sports Hub: let’s team up for social and environmental values

Feb 25, 2021

25/02/2021

“Team up for environmental values” could have been the motto of the newly launched EU- funded project. Indeed, making the sports sector more sustainable and more green is the main idea behind the Green Sports Hub Europe (GSHE) project. 

 On the occasion of its online kick-off -on February 24 and 25 2021- the project hosted by Surfrider Foundation Europe, gathered representatives from all project partners. this included the Association of Cities and Regions for the Sustainable Management of Resources (BEL), Sports Confederation of Portugal (POR), UKActive (GBR), Green Cycling Norway (NOR), Olympic Committee of Slovenia (SLO), European Volleyball Confederation (LUX), Rugby Europe (FRA), European Athletics Association (SUI) and the EUSA Institute (SLO) come together and met with the external experts: Team Planet (UK) and BCW (BEL).

How GSHE will team up for environmental values?

The Green Sports Hub Europe (GSHE) is a three-year project, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. It includes four key pillars & a clear strategy for how the project will help the sports sector become more environmentally sustainable.

More broadly, the project will test the potential of the sports sector, as a high-profile & news agenda-driving industry, to be a channel for the societal behavioural change needed to make the European Green Deal a reality.

GSHE is focusing on good governance so that leaders have the knowledge and skills to place environmental sustainability at the heart of their strategy.

What makes it unique?

The Green Sports Hub Europe will be a support system for organisations to share knowledge & best practices, so that they can learn from each other and develop. Coordinated by the Surfrider Foundation Europe (FRA), the project:

  1. Gathers a set of recognised experts and activists (discover more about the partnership) in different fields bridging the gap between sport stakeholders, public authorities & environmental NGOs,
  2. Listen to the needs of the sector and
  3. Equip sports organisations and their events with the necessary tools (such as a self-assessment tool, a Playbook and a Charter) to translate existing ISO standards on environmental sustainability into concrete action.

More about the project

Planting the seeds for a greener sport

As part of the Kick-off meeting, partners explored and agreed on the house rules in terms of admin and finance. Most importantly though, they kick-started the work on developing a shared and updated vision for each of the outputs to be delivered.

Using some brainstorming online tools, they put their vision for the GSHE approach into words and get to work on defining a common understanding of the “green” scope.

GSHE Purpose

They also shared some learnings from their own current experience in order to set solid foundations for the future months.

All in all the kick-off, despite being held online, was a great opportunity to get all partners onboard and agreed on the collaborative working method to be used in the next 34 months.

The project might be only at its beginning, but the partners’ ambition is clear.

“Our vision is that the GSHE approach and tools will become a central component of sports organisation good govenance.”

The GSHE Partnership at Kick-off Meeting

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