The British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS) – which works to empower the UK sports industry to become a world leader in sustainability – and the Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA) have announced an important new partnership.
The collaboration will see the two organisations working closely together on all aspects of sustainability within the UK sports facility sector. The aims of the partnership include the identification and promotion of best practice in sustainability within the sports construction industry and the provision of educational opportunities for SAPCA members. BASIS and SAPCA will work together to create and deliver training initiatives and will provide support at each other’s events.
“Our aims and objectives on sustainability coincide neatly with those of BASIS, so this partnership is a natural ‘coming together’ of the two associations,” said Chris Trickey, CEO of SAPCA.
“BASIS has an important role in promoting sustainability across the sports sector, by interacting with and influencing every aspect of the UK sports industry.
“Through this partnership, we will be able to share their expertise on sustainability with our members working in sports and play construction, and help to raise awareness of this important subject across the sports facility marketplace.
“At the same time, through sharing SAPCA members’ expertise and knowledge with BASIS, we will be able to offer BASIS a valuable insight into sports facility construction and building practices.”
Chris Whitaker, Chair of the Management Board of BASIS, said “Having sustainable sports facilities is crucial, if we want to have an environmentally-positive future in sports. And in order to have sustainable facilities, we need to engage those who are responsible for designing and delivering them – SAPCA members. This partnership will do just that.”
One of the first collaborations under the new partnership will see BASIS deliver a keynote session on sustainability in sport at the forthcoming SAPCA Technical Meeting on 8-10 December. The session, delivered by BASIS Chief Executive Russell Seymour, will highlight the latest developments in sustainable practices across sport, and share the results of the recent Build Back Better survey.
As part of the partnership, SAPCA members will also be given opportunities to take part in continual professional development training on the topic of sustainability. These will include a training course on ‘Delivering the Fundamentals and Principles of Sustainability’ tailored specifically for SAPCA members, focusing on sustainable practices within sport.
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