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The Danish Football Association gets awarded for its efforts in environmental sustainability
Football Association of Denmark

The Danish Football Association gets awarded for its efforts in environmental sustainability

The Danish Football Association has officially obtained the certification “Green Sport” under the Sports Confederation of Denmark’s sustainability programme.

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The EU is to take action for more gender equality in sports 

The EU is to take action for more gender equality in sports 

At the end of 2023, the Council  of the EU approved its conclusions on women and equality in the field of sport, with the ambition to increase the proportion of women in sports leadership positions, prevent all forms of harassment and protect victims of gender-based violence, and increase coverage of women’s sport competitions.

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The 3rd ACCESS dissemination event to take place in Dublin, hosted by the GAA

The 3rd ACCESS dissemination event to take place in Dublin, hosted by the GAA

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is looking forward to hosting the next project meeting and the local dissemination event of the ACCESS project in Dublin in April.

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GAA Green Clubs – Spreading the Word
Gaelic Athletic Association

GAA Green Clubs – Spreading the Word

Since the launch of their Green Club Toolkit last year, ACCESS partner the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) have been engaging with sports bodies and policymakers across Ireland and overseas to share their experience of supporting community and grassroots sustainability engagement.

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Croke Park launches its new “50 Mile Menu” to cut on catering’s environmental footprint and help local suppliers

Croke Park launches its new “50 Mile Menu” to cut on catering’s environmental footprint and help local suppliers

The GAA games, as well as other events at Croke Park will never be the same, at least what concerns food and beverage and its environmental and carbon footprint!

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FC Porto’s Dragao stadium in focus as ESSMA visits it for an interview

FC Porto’s Dragao stadium in focus as ESSMA visits it for an interview

Ms. Teresa Santos, Sustainability Manager for FC Porto, uncovers the club’s progressive strides toward sustainability in professional sports venues

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Football Association of Wales and M-SParc kick off Innovation Hub Partnership

Football Association of Wales and M-SParc kick off Innovation Hub Partnership

M-SParc, Wales’ first dedicated science park, has been unveiled as home of the FAW Innovation Hub, on Ynys Mon.

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The Welsh Football Association and the GAA spoke at Sustainability in Sports Conference

The Welsh Football Association and the GAA spoke at Sustainability in Sports Conference

Hosted by the Welsh Sports Association (WSA), in collaboration with the Federation of Irish Sports (FIS) and supported by the the Welsh Government’s Agile Cymru initiative, the Conference aimed to deliver cross-border and economic co-operation across shared interests.

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FC Porto’s Circular City Committee starts to get its shape with the first meetings having taken place

FC Porto’s Circular City Committee starts to get its shape with the first meetings having taken place

February 9 marked a new milestone for FC Porto as the first meeting of the Circular City Committee (CCC) took place within the ACCESS project.

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3 down, 2 to go: the ACCESS project is halfway through its webinar series!

3 down, 2 to go: the ACCESS project is halfway through its webinar series!

The ACCESS project is counting down the number of the webinars before the last one takes place and the overall series end. Don’t miss the last two episodes and watch the recordings of the previous ones.

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The GAA brings its stakeholders and partners to Croke Park to establish the local CCC

The GAA brings its stakeholders and partners to Croke Park to establish the local CCC

Last September saw the establishment of the Dublin based Circular City Committee, as the Gaelic Athletics Association held the first meeting with its future members.

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The Danish FA sets up its Circular City Committee after identifying its members

The Danish FA sets up its Circular City Committee after identifying its members

The Danish FA’s project activities in the second half of 2023 were marked with setting up contacts with relevant stakeholders what resulted in establishing their Circular City Committee.

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Environmental assessments in sports covered by the second ACCESS webinar episode

Environmental assessments in sports covered by the second ACCESS webinar episode

Qualitative or quantitative, data or observation based, many environmental assessment approaches, tools and techniques exist out there – something that served as a perfect occasion to compare, discuss and understand their application in practice during the webinar.

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Green procurement as the focus of the ACCESS webinar series’ 3rd episode

Green procurement as the focus of the ACCESS webinar series’ 3rd episode

Halfway through the ACCESS webinar series, after the first two successfully delivered episodes on communication and reporting and environmental assessments, the third webinar will be looking at green procurement and supply chains in sports, on 15 January 2024 at 11.00 (CET).

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The ACCESS webinar series continues with the second one on environmental assessment

The ACCESS webinar series continues with the second one on environmental assessment

After the successful first episode of the webinar series, which took place on 15 November, the next one, looking at qualitative and quantitative assessment of sport organisations’ environmental footprint is taking place on 15 December.

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As the morning shows the day, the first webinar on communicating and reporting sustainability  shows the rest of the ACCESS webinar series
ACCESS

As the morning shows the day, the first webinar on communicating and reporting sustainability shows the rest of the ACCESS webinar series

If the first webinar episode is taken as an indicator for what is yet to come, the one on communicating and reporting sustainability in sports can surely be taken as a good indicator.

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“Sustainability Reporting” to kick off the ACCESS training series this Wednesday!
ACCESS

“Sustainability Reporting” to kick off the ACCESS training series this Wednesday!

As the first of the five sessions planned within the ACCESS training series framework, Wednesday, 15 November will see a webinar on sustainability reporting and more that goes with it. Tune in at 11 CET!

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FAW’s Circular City Committee holds inaugural meeting
Football Association of Wales

FAW’s Circular City Committee holds inaugural meeting

The Football Association of Wales has held the first meeting of its new Circular City Committee at its Dragon Park site.  The Sustainability panel is made up of external experts from the public, private and third sector who will come together on a regular basis to support the association in achieving greater sustainability and circularity. 

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The ACCESS project announces its comprehensive training series for the coming autumn and winter!

The ACCESS project announces its comprehensive training series for the coming autumn and winter!

In terms of the project workplan and its current phase, the time has come for extensive training and capacity building among the participating sport organisations in order for them to achieve their objectives in terms of improving their environmental performance. Best thing about this series – it is open for all the interested parties to attend!

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ACCESS back from the 2023 edition of the European Sport Platform

ACCESS back from the 2023 edition of the European Sport Platform

One of the biggest gathering of sport organisations in Europe took place in Lisbon last week, under the patronage of European Sports NGO (ENGSO) bringing together more than 200 participants representing National Olympic Sport Committees, National Sport Confederations and numerous NGOs. And the ACCESS project was present there.

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FC Porto take the the project partners on a study tour of their local public and private stakeholders
ACCESS

FC Porto take the the project partners on a study tour of their local public and private stakeholders

Having all the ACCESS project partners in Porto for the 3rd project meeting was a great opportunity for FC Porto to take them on a study tour along with numerous participants representing FC Porto’s main partners.

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Gender mainstreaming training for a more inclusive and participatory approach to environmental management in sports
ACCESS

Gender mainstreaming training for a more inclusive and participatory approach to environmental management in sports

As a part of ACCESS project’s capacity building activities which accompany the development and implementation of the four sport organisations’ action plans, the second training module held in Porto alongside other meetings saw the project partners discussing gender mainstreaming in sports under the facilitation by Susan Buckingham, a researcher in gender and environmental justice.

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Project meeting in Porto ends with encouraging and promising plans for the autumn and winter ahead

Project meeting in Porto ends with encouraging and promising plans for the autumn and winter ahead

As the ACCESS project advances and starts producing concrete and applicable plans for environmental management improvements in the participating sport organisations, the consortium came together in Porto to discuss challenges, opportunities and exchange different approaches these plans would require.

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FC Porto to welcome the ACCESS project partners for a meeting and to take them on a study tour of their major local private and public partnerships
ACCESS
FC Porto

FC Porto to welcome the ACCESS project partners for a meeting and to take them on a study tour of their major local private and public partnerships

As the project recently entered its second year, the meeting in Porto, kindly hosted by FC Porto will serve as a good opportunity to look back at the recent outputs and look ahead at the busy autumn and winter months in the four participating sport organisations.

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ACCESS appeared at the Portuguese Sport Confederation’s workshop “Sport and Environment – a New Challenge”
ACCESS

ACCESS appeared at the Portuguese Sport Confederation’s workshop “Sport and Environment – a New Challenge”

Upon the Federation’s invitation, Ernest Kovacs, on behalf of the project will travel to Lisbon, Portugal to present and enlarge the ACCESS project’s network.

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The study visit to Dublin and the GAA results in a comprehensive overview of exemplary principles at Croke Park

The study visit to Dublin and the GAA results in a comprehensive overview of exemplary principles at Croke Park

As the second leg of ACR+’s tour of Wales and Ireland, Ernest Kovacs visited the GAA and its headquarters, including its largest stadium – Croke Park. The impressions – more than impressive!

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A public event in Porto for the wider local and regional audience to explore cooperation between sports and cities

A public event in Porto for the wider local and regional audience to explore cooperation between sports and cities

As the project advances and enters its new phase, the project partners will meet physically for the third time, this time in Porto in September – a great occasion to open up the project to our external audience.

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A notable appearance at EU Green Week as ACCESS gets featured at ACR+ official partner event
ACCESS
ACR+

A notable appearance at EU Green Week as ACCESS gets featured at ACR+ official partner event

Supported by Zero Waste Scotland and titled “Greening sports for achieving participative and contributory circular communities: skills and know-how for getting there”, ACR+ organised an official EU Green Week Partner Event which allowed ACCESS to showcase its objectives, approaches and expected results.

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The GAA meets the three Irish waste regions to prepare the country-wide outreach and replication of ACCESS results
ACR+
Gaelic Athletic Association

The GAA meets the three Irish waste regions to prepare the country-wide outreach and replication of ACCESS results

During the week of 29 May, Dublin saw many relevant events taking place at various locations, including the Circular Economy Hotspot Conference, ACR+’s General Assembly and the European Week of Waste Reduction Awards – a perfect opportunity for a meeting on the margins of the Conference.

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Site visits continue as Sant’Anna School visits the Danish FA
Football Association of Denmark
Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Institute for Management

Site visits continue as Sant’Anna School visits the Danish FA

The spring of 2023 saw many site visits within the ACCESS project’s framework, with the last one being Sant’Anna School’s trip to Denmark, not only to visit the stadium and other facilities but also to test the project’s new Key Performance Indicator dashboard.

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The Circular Economy Hotspot to see ACCESS showcasing its approach to circular cities
ACCESS
ACR+

The Circular Economy Hotspot to see ACCESS showcasing its approach to circular cities

The ACCESS project will be travelling to Dublin once again, but this time to showcase its ongoing activities and objectives at the largest circular economy event in Europe.

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ACCESS project to be featured at EU Green Week’s partner event
ACCESS

ACCESS project to be featured at EU Green Week’s partner event

The ACCESS project is very proud and happy to announce its participation at the upcoming EU Green Week as a contributor to a conference titled “Greening sports for achieving participative and contributory circular communities: skills and know-how for getting there”.

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Call for public authorities and sport supporters: Help the ACCESS project by taking a survey!
ACCESS

Call for public authorities and sport supporters: Help the ACCESS project by taking a survey!

While the initial phase of the ACCESS project is coming to its end which would see comprehensive publications on the latest trends and occurrences in sports when it comes to environmental management, we need your input to cross-check and compare our findings and observations.

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Three days in Cardiff, three different venues and three points
ACCESS
ACR+
Football Association of Wales

Three days in Cardiff, three different venues and three points

As previously announced, ACR+’s Ernest Kovacs just got back from his first site visit within the ACCESS’ project’s framework – the first destination was Cardiff, where he met the Welsh FA’s counterparts responsible for environmental management.

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ACR+ embarks on a week long study trip visiting the Football Association of Wales and the Gaelic Athletic Association
ACCESS
ACR+

ACR+ embarks on a week long study trip visiting the Football Association of Wales and the Gaelic Athletic Association

As a part of ACCESS’ ongoing screening of and initial information gathering on current environmental management practices and principles, as well as circular economy models in the four participating sport organisations, ACR+ will travel to Cardiff and Dublin to validate and collect additional valuable intelligence for the project phases to come.

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GAA clubs sign up to fight climate change
Gaelic Athletic Association

GAA clubs sign up to fight climate change

Early March, GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Camogie club representatives from across the island of Ireland joined the GAA’s Green Club orientation events to commit to action in their clubs and communities to combat climate change and protect their natural environment.

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Zero Waste Scotland gets in touch with ACCESS in order to exchange experiences on improving environmental management in football
ACCESS
ACR+

Zero Waste Scotland gets in touch with ACCESS in order to exchange experiences on improving environmental management in football

While ACCESS is focusing its efforts to support sport organisations to improve their environmental performances in the four project countries, similar initiatives are happening elsewhere – an opportunity for learning not to be missed.

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Sant’Anna School travels to Porto in order to test the ACCESS Key Performance Indicator dashboard
ACCESS
FC Porto
Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Institute for Management

Sant’Anna School travels to Porto in order to test the ACCESS Key Performance Indicator dashboard

As a part of this valuable tool’s development, FC Porto got the opportunity to be the first one to test it as they welcomed prof. Tiberio Daddi for a study visit.

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Currently ongoing interviews to identify potentials for environmental management improvements in sports
ACCESS

Currently ongoing interviews to identify potentials for environmental management improvements in sports

As a part of the initial phase of the ACCESS project, a series of interviews are currently being conducted with the most diverse staff members of the project’s sport organisations.

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Academia and sports gather in Pisa to discuss environmental assessments of sport events
ACCESS
Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Institute for Management

Academia and sports gather in Pisa to discuss environmental assessments of sport events

Organised under the umbrella of the ACCESS project and hosted by Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies at the magnificent “Aula Magna Storica” room, this workshop had to objective to expose currently available tools for environmental assessment to sport organisations and provoke discussions on and comparisons of their purposefulness, features, functionalities and deployment in general.

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Project partners meet in Pisa for a meeting which promises an action-packed 2023
ACCESS

Project partners meet in Pisa for a meeting which promises an action-packed 2023

Is there a better month to start an annual planning than the month of January? In case of the ACCESS project and what is to come as soon as from February onwards, the gathering in Pisa, hosted by Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, was certainly timed ideally for laying down the basis for meeting not only the project’s objectives, but also every single project partner’s expectation.

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GAA Green Club Toolkit launch
Gaelic Athletic Association

GAA Green Club Toolkit launch

A new GAA Green Club Toolkit launched on 3 December 2022 in Croke Park will be freely available to all GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association units and members to support the implementation of simple sustainability actions across the five areas of Energy, Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Travel & Transport.

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Football Association of Wales’s first sustainability strategy to harness football for Wales and the world’s well-being
Football Association of Wales

Football Association of Wales’s first sustainability strategy to harness football for Wales and the world’s well-being

While the men’s national team was heading to their first World Cup in 64 years, chief executive, Noel Mooney, said the organisation would put sustainability at the heart of all its decisions, encouraging the whole football ecosystem, and the rest of the nation, to follow its lead.

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Danish Football Association and FC Porto present at UEFA’s launch of its Circular Economy Guidelines
Football Association of Denmark
FC Porto

Danish Football Association and FC Porto present at UEFA’s launch of its Circular Economy Guidelines

The guidelines are a part of UEFA’s Football Sustainability Strategy 2030 and were unveiled with a panel discussion on the topic with the Danish Football Association and FC Porto being present as panellists.

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