Sports sector in Wales commits to developing its net-zero plans to tackle climate change 

Sports sector in Wales commits to developing its net-zero plans to tackle climate change 

At the Welsh Sports Association (WSA) Sustainability in Sport Conference in November, organisations in the sports sector were invited to sign a pledge board to develop their net-zero plans to tackle climate change in Wales. 

On the day and since the event, we have been delighted to see a range of members sign the pledge to develop their net-zero plans to accelerate action to tackle climate change in support of Senedd ambitions of being net-zero by 2050. 

The Sustainability in Sport Conference, hosted in collaboration with the Federation of Irish Sport and supported by a Welsh Government Agile Cymru grant, brought together a whole host of sporting bodies from across Wales and Ireland with a collective issue in mind. 

The event saw guest speakers and panellists from all parts of the sector share fantastic insight into best practises from their respective sustainability strategies and journeys. 

Find a full report of the Sustainability in Sport Conference here.

The conference was a platform upon which for sport and leisure to collaborate in the aim of implementing action against climate change and to go greener – an issue that is becoming more and more prevalent, and essential, for all organisations.  

As a legacy of what was an illuminating day, the WSA’s pledge board serves as a collective commitment to taking such action and ensuring that our sector takes steps to become more and more sustainable.  

The organisations that have signed the pledge so far are: 

  • Welsh Sports Association 
  • Football Association of Wales 
  • Swim Wales 
  • KIBO 
  • Community Leisure UK 
  • StreetGames 
  • Caerphilly County Borough Council 
  • Table Tennis Wales 
  • Welsh Athletics 
  • Canoe Wales 
  • Hockey Wales 
  • Ospreys Rugby 
  • Wales Golf 
  • Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales 
  • Welsh Triathlon 
  • Badminton Wales 
  • Welsh Rugby Union 
  • Welsh Gymnastics 
  • Welsh Boxing 
  • Welsh Fencing 
  • Wales Netball 
  • Snowsport Cymru Wales 

The WSA urges everyone to sign the pledge and demonstrate their commitment to developing their net-zero plans to tackle climate change. Contact the WSA office to do so. 

WSA CEO, Andrew Howard, commented: 

“When looking back at the Sustainability in Sport Conference, it was a brilliant exercise in sharing best practise and inspiring real thought around a key issue for not only sport and leisure, but for all organisations and individuals. 

“What is important now is that the ideas, efforts, strategies, and campaigns shared on that day inspire tangible change, which is why it was important for delegates and other sporting bodies in Wales to sign the pledge to accelerate action to tackle climate change. 

“The sport and leisure industry is a contributor to the climate crisis, but also has the potential and reach to contribute to significant change. It was crucial and enlightening to gather and hear how some organisation in our field are already undertaking exciting work in this space, and our pledge board represents a collective commitment for the entirety of the sector to follow suit.”

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