The PlayGreen project is a UEFA-endorsed initiative funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme which provides tools to ensure a sustainable future for sport in Europe.
PlayGreen is a European project aimed at young people committed to environmental sustainability and to fighting climate change, with the aim of linking them to the world of sport to make it more sustainable and to encourage them to practice physical activity. The project aspires to create sustainable sports events by contributing to mitigate the effects of climate change through specialist young volunteers or young people who want to be trained in climate change and environment.
Resources to facilitate sustainability in sports
Sustainable Sports Events online event
The climate emergency is becoming more visible every year, and sporting events contribute greatly to this: its environmental impact can be very high. Despite its environmental impact, however, sports also have a great capacity for advocacy that must be harnessed in order to promote a transformation towards a more sustainable world.
With this aim in mind, the Sustainable Sports Events conference was held on March 24, 2021, which brought together around this topic, for the first time in Catalonia and within the framework of the PlayGreen project, public sector actors (Ajuntament de Sabadell and the Generalitat de Catalunya), the private sector (the cluster of the sports industry in Catalonia, INDESCAT), and leading non-profit organizations in energy and climate (Ecoservices) and sustainable events (Sustainable Loom) .
- Luca Marrucci, Sant‘Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa, Italy
- Juan Porcar, RPM MKTG
- Maite Escribano, Loom Sostenible
- Playgreen tools
- Sandra Carrera, Ultra Clean Marathon
- Josep Lluís Santamaria, Circuit de Catalunya
- Malta Football Association UEFA
- Estonia Football Association UEFA
- Lithuanian Grassroots Football Association
- Flemish Football Association UEFA
PlayGreen is forming a local and international network to promote environmentally friendly sport. Through this network, entities that wish to do so will be pioneers in testing sustainable methodologies and giving their opinion on how they work. When the method is developed, it will be made available to the entities in the network so that they can put it into practice on a daily basis.
Participating in this network is a way to put sports entities in contact with each other and thus obtain a greater feedback when testing the method and, furthermore, to favour collaborations between clubs, comparisons of methodologies, exchanges, technical support, etc.
- To create volunteer opportunities focused on sport and environment so that young people can get involved in sport, testing and promoting a new format of volunteering.
- To create a European network of organisations that improve sustainability in grassroots sports through volunteer programmes and the exchange of good practices.
If you think your organisation can help making sports more sustainable, don’t hesitate to join the PlayGreen network. For more information on the project, check out the European PlayGreen Project website.