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Hockey Wales is committed to making small changes that make a big difference. We call upon you, our hockey family to do the same.

SUSTAINABILITY

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LET'S GO GREEN

 

The biggest change we’re making today as an organisation is talking about climate change. Climate change is now recognised as the most important challenge to human health. As a predominantly outdoor sport, we require certain conditions to allow hockey to happen. We therefore have a responsibility to ensure hockey is sustainable.  

 

Hockey Wales is committed to making small changes that make a big difference. Sport can influence human behaviour; it increases social cohesion and togetherness. Through our reach and member engagement we want to inspire our hockey family to make changes to help tackle the climate crisis.  

 

On this page you’ll find information to help you on your way to becoming more green, including: 

 

  • Inspiration from our Sustainability Ambassadors 

  • Example pledges 

  • Practical tips on being green 

  • A ton of useful resources from sustainable experts 

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MAKE YOUR PLEDGE

 

The team at Hockey Wales have calculated their carbon footprint and made pledges to make small, sustainable changes to their daily lives. We call upon you, our hockey family, to do the same. Here’s how: 

 

  1. Calculate your carbon footprint (WWF Footprint Calculator

  2. Based on your results, decide on a small change you can make in your life to help reduce your carbon footprint 

  3. Film yourself making your pledge/take a picture with your pledge 

  4. Upload your image/film to social media 

  5. Tag Hockey Wales in your post so we can share it on our channels 

 

Remember, the key is to make your pledge achievable. Small, practical changes are better than drastic changes you can’t maintain. Check out the tips section below for some inspiration. 

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Dan Kyriakides

Climate Change Ambassador & Senior Men's Player

"I pledge to reduce my consumption of fast fashion; fix, share or upcycle items I don't use instead of getting rid of them; and to further educate myself on the topics of climate change and sustainability."

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Anthea Barrington

Performance Manager

'I pledge to go veggie one day per week'

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Amanda Roberts

Events Managers

"I pledge to make our Hockey Wales events as sustainable as possible"

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GREEN TIPS

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Ria Burrage-Male

CEO

"I pledge to change my bank to a sustainable and ethical bank, and to stop online shopping for one month!"

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Eloise Laity

Climate Change Ambassador and Senior Women's player

"I pledge to be more mindful of what and how I'm buying by buying more locally sourced and seasonal food, and to minimise my food waste wherever possible"

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Tom Little

Director of Operations

"I pledge to reuse shopping bags rather than buying new ones when I go shopping"

It can be hard to thing of small, manageable pledges you can make. Here's a few green tips to get you started:

 

 1. Switch to a renewable energy provider

  • Why: to help move investment away from fossil fuels

  • How to get started: Go to bigcleanswitch.org to find the right tariff for you 

2. Have one, or one extra, plant based day each week

 3. ​Move my money out of fossil fuels

  • Why: All high street banks and most pensions are financing climate change 

  • How to get started: Visit switchit.money/ to see how your bank is rated and choose an alternative

 4. Take one less flight per year

  • Why: Because the environmental costs of air travel are huge

  • How to get started: Visit flightfree.co.uk for inspiration and ideas 

 5. Make my next electronics purchase refurbished

  • Why: The UK is one of the largest producers of household e-waste in the world, wasting resources and worsening climate change.

  • How to get started: Use your old devices for as long as possible, then recycle them and choose refurbished at backmarket.co.uk  

 6. Tell my MP I want them to support the CEE bill

  • Why: The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill has been drafted by scientists and economists specifically to reverse the climate and ecological breakdown we're facing.

  • How to get started: Find everything you need at www.ceebill.uk/writetoyourmp 

 7. Have a climate conversation with a friend, colleague or family member

  • Why: Talking about climate change and how we fix it is probably the most important thing any of us can do, as it creates a movement for change. 

  • How to get started: Green Squirrel have advice on having positive climate conversations, or check out the Talking Climate Handbook from Climate Outreach 

 
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GET INVOLVED AS A CLUB

 

We want to share your positive stories, and how you, your clubs and communities are making steps to tackle climate change. Here's few ideas of things you can action as a club to become more sustainable:

 

  • Contacting event organisers to ask them to consider dropping free t-shirts/ goody bags/ freebies from events to reduce plastic waste (Rerun clothing have a good sample letter related to running events)

  • Act as a collection hub for gently worn sports bras to send to Smalls for All

  • Start a local refill scheme to reduce plastic waste

  • Hold community sports clothes/ equipment swapping event

  • Run an awareness raising campaign to help people care for active wear to make it last longer

  • Fundraise for a Terracycle 'zero waste box' so people can drop off otherwise non recyclable items. There's an 'all in one' box or specific boxes for different items. 

  • Commit to supporting local independent suppliers (printing, refreshments, equipment etc etc)

  • Car share – such a simple change/action

  • Engage your local authority on recycling opportunities at your hockey facility

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USEFUL RESOURCES

 

For more information on climate change and what you can do to make a difference, click the logos below.

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