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Sustainability plays a key role in the design and management of sports recreation and leisure facilities. Promoting sustainability can help you drive down running costs and establish your project as an ethical facility to be championed. 

We encourage you to embrace environmental sustainability from the very start of your project and to treat it as a vital consideration throughout. You can access information on funding, energy legislation, case studies and more by visiting us at Sustainable Clubs.

Sustainable Clubs

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Dealing with droughts

The weather has a huge impact on sport – particularly on natural pitches and playing fields.

We’ve seen climate change disrupt our traditional weather patterns, so we’ve worked with Cranfield University and a number of national governing bodies (NGBs) of pitch-based sports to:

  • Understand the potential impact on sport of long-term climate change
  • Identify the sports and locations which will experience the greatest impact
  • Consider how sport can adapt and ease against the negative impact 
  • Develop guidance to help clubs manage the short- and long-term challenges.

Our Drought Report sets out preventative measures you can take if your project is affected by droughts and covers the importance of good club/facility management, how a hosepipe ban can affect your turf and alternative methods to minimise the effects of drought. 

We’ve also answered the most frequently asked drought-related questions we’ve received from a variety of sports clubs about. Alongside this, you can find a Drought Advice Note for Clubs note on how to deal with water usage restrictions and how to use water more efficiently to maintain pitches and courts alike.


Floods can have a devastating impact on sports clubs and cause significant damage to changing and social facilities, as well as to sports pitches.

This includes damage to buildings and machinery on sports club facilities, as well as depositing harmful sediment and waste on pitches. While floods of such magnitude are relatively rare, there are many clubs that are affected by more regular flooding, such as on the far corner of a playing field or in the grounds shed.

You can take a number of preventative measures to help reduce the risk of flood damage and lessen its impact when it occurs.

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Guidance and information

Working with a number of NGBs (The Football Association, Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football League, ECB, Lawn Tennis Association and England Hockey), we’ve produced a set of information sheets and a template to help clubs and facility managers find out whether their facilities are at risk of flooding and what to do in the event of a flooding.

If facilities are at risk, the templates will help clubs and facility managers develop a flood plan and other strategies that will help reduce the impact of flooding.

We have the following guidance:

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