Do you know what sports have the biggest negative impact on the environment?
Here they are: AirSports, Golf, NASCAR, Formula 1, Drag Racing, Water Sports That Use Motor Boats, Skiing & Snowboarding, and Big-Arena Professional Sports.
Can you imagine the amount of water it takes to maintain golf courses or the amount of gas spent on one NASCAR race?
What if we told you that by 2050 Football stadiums will be shut down because of water shortage?
People don’t tend to think about sports’ impact on the environment. Well, we do and we are going to raise awareness on this topic.
The Green League project aims to enhance the link between sport and the environment through experiential learning, promoting outdoor physical activity to support environmental awareness, and encouraging sustainable sports practices.
The partners and sports professionals have gathered in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia for a 4-day workshop from 16-19 January 2023. The sports professionals are taking part in the Preliminary Training of sports professionals and providing inputs for the development of the Green League Model. The sports professionals have learned about the impact of sports on the environment, sports legislations on the EU level, characteristics of specific ecosystems, potential threats to these ecosystems when performing sports, how to plan and deliver sports activities and events in harmony with the environment, the potential of sports sector to raise awareness of the importance of green sports practices. The second part of the training was dedicated to reflection groups based on case studies & collection of inputs for the Model.
Through this workshop, the sports professionals were empowered with useful knowledge and tools to practice and deliver sports activities and events sustainably back in their home countries.
The partners will, in the later stage of the project, organize 8 sports events (2 for each natural element) 5 countries, gathering young sports players (13-30 years old), their family members and amateur athletes, aimed at educating about the environment while performing sports activities, inspired by the 4 natural elements (Water, Air, Earth and Fire).
We are looking forward to implementing the next stages of this project with partners, sports professionals and everyone who loves sport and nature.
Say tuned to see how it will go.
The project is implemented by 7 partners: CESIE (Italy), Vivi Sano Onlus (Italy), APGA (Slovenia), KMOP (Greece), EINURD (Island), CARDET (Cyprus) and Out of The Box International.
The project is co-financed by the ERASMUS-SPORT Programme of the European Commission.