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Green Clubs Projects

GAA Green Clubs Projects

GAA Green Clubs Projects


The Green Club Programme was set up to promote sustainability awareness and action in the operations and activities of Gaelic games clubs and communities and at all levels of the Gaelic games family.

Projects to date have focussed on the following objectives:

  • To raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals in our role as SDG Champions and, through collaboration with expert partners, to provide leadership and build capacity within our network to equip our membership and influence the wider community to make their contribution towards the achievement of the SDGs.
  • To create a formal network for the sharing of experience and best practice between units of the Gaelic games family.
  • To develop and disseminate a Green Club Toolkit of practical club-led action across the areas of Energy, Waste, Water, Biodiversity, and Travel & Transport.
  • To manage and grow, on a phased basis, a structured Green Club programme that will support, track, and monitor the actions and engagement of participating clubs.
  • To develop and administer a Green Network of Excellence of regional grounds, mentored by Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence (which has become a designated Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) with the SEAI through Phase 1 of the Green Club Programme).
  • To develop and disseminate national GAA Green Guidance, with a focus on the priority areas of sustainable pitch management, sustainable procurement, and club development plans.
  • To act as an enabler and driver of sustainable development for youth, in particular through the GAA’s Future Leader’s Transition Year programme (in partnership with PDST) and the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative, delivered in partnership with Foróige and the NUIG UNESCO Centre.
  • To become a European leader in sustainability for sports and community-based organisations.

Phase 1 Clubs have been involved in a series of initiatives over the course of 2021 and 2022

See some of those in the Related Content below.

Case studies of many more projects are available in the Green Club Tool Kit