Understanding environmental sustainability

We’re in a climate change emergency.

It is important, now more than ever, that organisations consider their environmental impact and understand how and why to take action to help tackle climate change. The detrimental effects on our planet can impact on our health, daily lives, eco-systems, facilities and doing the things we love, like taking part in sport and physical activity.

Our animation explores the importance of sustainable practices and identifies ways for organisations, clubs and groups to champion positive action and embed sustainability in everything they do:

This video begins with a trio of logos. The Club Matters logo sits in the middle of the screen, the Sport England and National Lottery Funded Logo below and to the left. Title ‘Club Matters, Tackling climate change – sustainable sport’ is at the top of the white screen. An upbeat backing track plays throughout the video.

The video changes to show a park and city landscape. In the foreground there is a football pitch inside an athletics track, some park benches, flowers, trees and lampposts. Across this setting a man in a turban and young boy are playing football, a woman using a motorised scooter is riding along the path, a cyclist moves across the scene, two elderly people using sticks are walking, a woman in a hijab and wheelchair user are playing catch, and two children are racing on the track. In the background a cityscape is visible with dark smoke emitting from a few of the buildings. The scene has lush grass and blue skies. A car drives across the road at the bottom of the screen with black smoke leaving the exhaust.

The two main characters, a man with an amputation using a blade and a woman, are stood looking on the scene with sad expressions.

Chris Boardman voices the animation and says: We’re in a climate change emergency. Greenhouse gases are causing rising temperatures and creating more extreme weather.

The smoke from the buildings and car fills the screen during the voiceover to create a black backdrop. In the middle of the screen ‘Climate change emergency’ is written in orange letters.

The smoke clears to show the same setting. In this variation the sky is no longer blue, the hot sun is obvious, the trees have lost their leaves, the ground is dry and cracked, the buildings are continuing to emit smoke, those that were playing and active are no longer in shot, and a few characters remain with visible sweat and sad expressions. The two main characters remain looking on.

The voiceover continues: This threatens our ecosystems, health, homes, facilities, and the ability to do what we love, like taking part in sport and physical activity.

During the voiceover a pink textbook fills the outer right third of the screen and shows the words ‘Ecosystems, Health, Homes, Facilities, Sport and physical activity’ in time with the voiceover.

The screen fills completely with the pink colour and a map of England appears centrally. As the voiceover continues, 5 larger pinpoints appear across the map with small graphics of two people playing golf, some spectators watching children’s football, two cyclists, two women, one wearing a hijab, dancing, and two wheelchair users, one man wearing a turban, playing basketball. Many other small multi-coloured pinpoints appear all across the map without additional graphics.

Chris says: Millions of people are involved in sport and physical activity as participants, volunteers, spectators and employees. We have a collective responsibility to influence change. Together we’re stronger. We must act now and do things differently.

The map slides away to reveal the two main characters, centre of screen, holding a white banner that reads ‘Together we’re stronger’. These characters are joined on screen by a young girl, a man with a turban in his wheelchair, a woman in a hijab, and a young boy.

The background turns orange and a large weighing scales appears on screen; the frame above moves to sit on right side of the scales with a growing tree visible behind the banner. On the left side of the scales, a factory sits with clouds of smoke appearing from the chimneys. The scales then tip to the right, in favour of the positive imagery with the banner ‘Together we’re stronger’.

The voiceover says: Being more environmentally sustainable will reduce your carbon footprint and has many organisational benefits.

The scene clears and the word ‘Benefits’ appears centrally before moving top left to title the following list. First, ‘Save money and resources’ is written on the left hand side, to the right a hexagon appears with a non-descript graph showing an increase in money, symbolised by the £ sign. Then, ‘Improve your partnerships’ is added to the list and the hexagon shows a graphic of 3 people above a hand. ‘Attract and retain people’ is added to the list, the hexagon remains as before and two smaller additional hexagons are added with more people in each. Links between the hexagons appear. Next, ‘Enhance your local environment’ appears, the smaller hexagons are removed and the larger hexagon shows a growing tree. ‘Strengthen your reputation’ appears last, the hexagon shows a 1st place trophy with two stars either side and the words ‘Community leaders’ on top.

Chris says during this scene: It can save money and resources, improve your partnerships, attract and retain people, enhance your local environment and strengthen your reputation.

The graphics disappear leaving a blank, pink screen. ‘P’ appears centrally before the word ‘Promise’ joins it on screen.

The voiceover says: Change starts with a promise. It only takes one person to start the conversation, but change requires commitment across your organisation.

The title ‘Promise’ then moves to the top of the screen and the park and cityscape reappear. This time the two main characters are stood, looking sad bottom left, there are no other characters on screen. The park is flooded, trees are bare, building emitting smoke and torrential rain falling. The main with the amputation has a speech bubble appear saying ‘We must talk!’, the woman can be seen nodding.

The screen then zooms in on these two characters to make them central. The backdrop changes to blue block colour, and ‘Promise’ remains as a title at the top. In time with the following audio the women holds up a piece of paper with ‘Policy’ as a heading, ‘Policy’ then appears as the start of a list down the right-hand side of the screen. The man holds up a piece of paper saying ‘Pledge’, this is also added to the list on the right. ‘Agendas’ is added to the list, during which the papers disappear and the two main characters shake hands. ‘Values and practices’ complete the list on the right.

Chris says: Make a promise by writing a policy, signing a pledge, including sustainability on meeting agendas and embedding it in your values and practices.

The list slides out of frame, the two main characters move apart to make room for a flipchart that appears between them centrally. ‘Promise’ moves from the title to appear written on the flipchart, followed by ‘Set targets’. The women points to the board, both characters are smiling.

The voiceover continues: Be clear about what you’re promising and set targets. Look at your practices to understand your impact.

The frame clears and background turns pink. ‘L’ appears centrally before being joined by the word ‘Look’. This then moves to form the heading on the following scene. To the left a building is visible, there is a progress flag in the furthest window, two glass sliding doors with a ‘Welcome’ sign above, and some plants either side. To the right of this building there is a grass bank, topped by the smoke-emitting cityscape. There are some trees, plants and a lamppost. The facility on the left is emitting smoke from a side vent, and an orange van is parked to the right of the screen, with obvious smoke coming from the exhaust. The main characters are central looking upset.

The voiceover says: The activities you run, facilities you use, things you buy and how people travel all impact the environment. Work out your impacts. Engage people in planning to reduce them and monitor your progress.

In time with the voiceover, the woman raises a paper that reads ‘Activities’, she looks concerned and scratches her head. The man lifts another paper saying, ‘Energy Bill’, he also looks sad.  A third character emerges from behind the van carrying a crate of single-use plastic water bottles, the crate reads ‘Water’. As the voiceover above ends, the screen zooms in to the facility doors which slide open to reveal a blank orange screen.

Chris continues: Act now. There’s lots you can do, including, reducing energy usage, encouraging walking, cycling or lift-sharing, reducing single-use plastics, reusing and recycling, buying local seasonal produce, offering plant-based alternatives, and supporting nature and wildlife.

‘A’ appears centrally on the screen before the word ‘Act’ is shown. ‘Act swiftly moves to become the heading for the following scene. The two characters enter a changing room, there are lockers in the background, some hanging clothes, a light, and switches for the heating and lighting. In the foreground, the outside of the venue is visible with some grass, bike racks and two bikes leant against it.

The woman turns off the empty changing room light whilst walking through. They then enter the gym. There are a collection of weights and one machine which a woman wearing a hijab is using. A wheelchair user is to her left lifting a dumbbell. Behind him there is a water refill station with two signs above, one saying ‘Plastics’ with a plastic water bottle with a red cross through it below. The second says ‘Lift share’ with a red car picture beneath.

As the scene moves, a yellow text box appears on the left outer third of the screen. ‘Act’ moves to head this box and ‘Energy usage’ appears beneath it to start a list. ‘Walking, cycling and lift-sharing’ appears underneath it in time with the voiceover. ‘Single-use plastics’ is the final addition to the list. The main characters walk through the gym into the next room.

As they do so the gym scene fades, the yellow text box clears and moves to the outer right third of the screen and the next scene appears. ‘Reusing and recycling’ appears in the yellow textbook under ‘Act’. In this scene there is a ‘Recycled clothes’ sign with two orange arrows, under which there sits a shelfing unit containing some folded clothes and trainers. Two children and looking at the shelves, one of which is holding a pair of shoes.

To the left of this unit is a green recycling bin with the recycling arrows logo on the front. Beside this is a sign that reads ‘Café’, there is a woman at a counter serving a young boy. To her left is a red and white striped canopy over the top of some prepared salad bowls, fruits and loaves of bread. Beneath the counter is a white sign that reads 'Plant-based options’. In the foreground the outside can be seen with lush green grass, flowers, and shrubs.

‘Local produce’ appears on the right-hand side list. Closely followed by ‘Plant-based’ and ‘Nature and wildlife’. A man appears from the left carrying a tray of apples which he presents to the two main characters, central. Some bees fly across the screen.

The screen fades to a block pink background. ‘N’ appears on screen centrally before being more letters are added to spell out ‘Network’.

Chris says: Network, you’re not alone. Do your research. See who’s taking action in your area and sport and talk to others.

‘Network’ moves to title the screen. The facility appears with blue skies in the background. There are trees, flowers, green grass, birds and bees visible throughout. In the foreground 6 characters are stood on the pavement outside the venue. A man with an arm amputation is on the left, in a red t-shirt that reads ‘Active Partnerships’, next to him is a woman in a yellow vest that says ‘Other organisations’, a man with a visible impairment, wearing glasses using a white stick has on a purple t-shirt that says ‘NGBs’, to his right is a woman in a hijab wearing a black dress that says ‘Sport England’ on it, a man in a blue top that reads ‘Local Authorities’ is next to her, and finally a man in a purple t-shirt that says ‘BASIS’. Three birds and four bees can be seen flying across the screen.

The voiceover continues: Be curious and enquire. Ask your facility providers, suppliers, partners, sponsors, banks, and pension providers if they’ve got sustainable practices and how you can help. If they don’t share your values, consider shopping around.

The image fades to show a blue background. ‘E’ appears centrally before ‘Enquire’ is written out. ‘Enquire’ then moves to the top of the screen and a street scene appears.

The camera pans down the street showing a purple multi-story ‘Kit supplies’ shop with sports clothing and a basketball in the window, a ‘Food and drink’ shop with red and white awnings and fruit and bread in the windows, before focusing on a grey building that reads ‘Bank’. There are some shrubs, flowers, bees and birds in the background. The two main characters are seen walking towards the bank and entering as the sliding doors open.

The scene moves inside the bank. ‘Enquire’ remains as a title on the screen, to the right of it are two posters, one with the globe on it and another of two hands shaking and the word ‘Values’ above them. There are two professionals in suits, one is behind a desk with a lamp on it, the other is in front of a desk with a laptop on it next to the two main characters.

The women can be seen chatting to the lady in front of the desk before smiling and shaking her hand. The man behind waves to the other banker at the desk.

The screen turns orange and ‘T’ appears before ‘Tell’ is written in full.

The voiceover continues: Tell people and engage them in what you’re doing. Lead by example, your influence is bigger than you think. Regularly share your ambitions and progress and remind them how they can help.

‘Tell’ moves to top left of the screen and the map of England reappears centrally. Three larger pinpoints appear on the map, one with a close of a woman in a hijab, one of another woman and a third of a man all talking inaudibly. Across the map multiple small speech bubbles with ellipses appear.

These graphics disappear and a spinning globe appears centrally on top of an orange background. Across the globe the word ‘PLANET’ appears in white block capitals. This word then moves the line the screen vertically on the left, the spinning globe moves to the right and the following words stem from each letter of planet: ‘Promise’ ‘Look’ ‘Act’ ‘Network’ ‘Enquire’ ‘Tell’.

Chris says: Remember, PLANET. Promise. Look. Act. Network. Enquire. Tell.  For more information, explore the Club Matters website.

The frame moves onto a blank blue screen. A man appears sat at a computer, behind him is a window overlooking the first frame – people playing in the park, blue skies, lush green grass and no more smoke from the buildings. The man’s computer turns round and the camera zooms in to reveal a website. ‘Becoming more environmentally sustainable’ is the title, the spinning globe is central and the Club Matters logo sits to the right of that. There are lines of indecipherable text beneath. A large cursor clicks on the globe which moves the screen on to the closing frame.

The screen is white. The Club Matters logo sits centrally at the top, beneath is the Sport England and National Lottery Funded logos. At the bottom the Club Matters website link is visible ‘www.sportenglandclubmatters.com’ and then the Sport England website ‘www.sportengland.org’. To the left sits the BASIS ‘British Association for Sustainable Sport’ logo, beneath that is the Sported logo. To the right is the Active Partnerships ‘Engaging Communities, Transforming Lives’ logo, and below that the Community Leisure UK logo.

The music stops. The video ends.


To support this video, our ‘Becoming more environmentally sustainable’ guide gives greater insight into actionable steps you can take when considering how to help the PLANET. A collective effort is needed to prioritise positive action, even small, local changes can influence others and contribute to doing things differently on a larger scale, so please get involved!

In a walkthrough of the Black Prince Trust facilities, BASIS and Club Matters explored the work of the trust and how they can continue to enhance their approach to sustainability. The video is designed to help others think about what they’re doing as well as inspire others with low or no cost suggestions that can help them improve their sustainability.

Tackling climate change – sustainable facilities

 This video begins with a trio of logos. The Club Matters logo sits in the middle of the screen, the Sport England and National Lottery Funded Logo below and to the left. Title ‘Club Matters, Tackling climate change – sustainable facilities’ is at the top of the white screen. An upbeat backing track plays throughout the video.

 The white background remains, and on-screen text appears centrally to read: ‘We’re in a climate change emergency. We have a collective responsibility to act now.’ The words ‘climate change emergency’ are written in bold. The screen moves on to display the words: ‘We visited the Black Prince Trust to look at what they’re doing and see how they could improve their approach to environmental sustainability.’ The words ‘Black Prince Trust’, and ‘environmental sustainability’ are written in bold lettering.

 Richard Joyce appears on screen; he is sat in the Black Prince Trust hub in a meeting room. He is wearing a shirt and a Black Prince Trust branded gilet. A lower third banner appears at the bottom left of the screen showing the Club Matters logo and the text ‘Richard Joyce CEO, Black Prince Trust’. Subtitles appear at the bottom of the screen, and Richard says: We are a charity that run the Black Prince Trust Community Sports Hub and our aim is to provide accessible opportunities for people in the local community to come and access sport, physical activity and health and wellbeing initiatives.

 As Richard is talking the picture changes to show three women in a boxing gym following a male instructor in a resistance band class. The shot changes again to show a woman on an assault bike in The Foundry gym exercising. The frame changes again to show The Regal basketball court, roughly 10 men are playing basketball on the court which is branded with black and white wallpaper, Nike logos and ‘The Regal’ sign.

 As the basketball footage continues Russell Seymour says: So, my organisation is BASIS, we are the British Association for Sustainable Sport and we try to introduce these sustainability principles into the way that we manage our sports events, our sports clubs and everything to do with the way that we organise our sport.

 As Russell begins speaking the frame reverts to the meeting room which now has Russell Seymour seated in it, ‘The Space’ sign (name of meeting room) and Black Prince Trust logo is visible in the background. Russell is wearing a white shirt and black suit jacket. A lower third banner and Club Matters logo appears bottom left of the screen that reads ‘Russell Seymour CEO, British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS)’.

 As Russell is speaking the screen changes to show a personal trainer organising equipment and resistance bands in the gym, then focuses back on the basketball court where the same group of men are watching each other practice shooting.

 Russell says: These hints and tips will be transferable to other clubs, groups and sports organisations around the country.

 The basketball scene becomes blurred, and ‘Energy’ appears centrally on screen in orange letters. The image changes to show Russell and Richard facing each other standing in the Regal basketball court. ‘The Regal’ sign is visible top right of the screen and the NBA logo in the top left corner. The court is now empty, and Russell and Richard engage in conversation.

 Russell says: Can you tell me a bit about how you approach energy efficiency in the way you use energy in the Hub?

 Richard: Yeah, absolutely. So, in terms of our taps and showers, they are all on push buttons, so they’re on timed usage and that sort of thing. For some of the lights we do have sensors, so all the outdoor lighting is sensors. The lights in the admin building, we have signage next to the switches asking people to turn it off to preserve energy and that sort of thing when they leave the rooms.

 As Richard is speaking the image now pans along the changing room showers, showing the push-button turn on feature. The right-hand third of the screen is filled with block orange colour and animated graphic of a tap appears with ‘Timers’ written beneath it. The background changes to show the lights on the ceiling of the Regal Court, and the graphic in the orange block now shows a sensor and ‘Lighting sensors’ is written beneath it. The camera shot moves down to show the same group of man playing basketball, the filming is put into slow motion. The orange box clears again and now shows an arrow sign with ‘Signage’ written beneath it. Screen then shows a light switch and hand turning off four switches up close. The orange outer third now shows a light bulb animation followed by the words ‘LED lighting’.

 The orange box disappears from screen and the camera return to a close up of Russell in the basketball court, he is facing to address Richard.

 Russell says: I think we have to remember when we’re operating our spaces, you know, we are where we are. The facilities are there, so take the opportunity with the refurbishment to actually put in LED lighting, reduce all of these environmental impacts, I think makes a lot of sense.

 The background changes to show a close up of the basketball hoop with shots being taken in slow motion.  A slow motion close up of a wall-mounted heating switch is shown on screen. The image changes to focus on the LED strip lighting along a ceiling, these lights turn off to close the scene.

 A blurred screen appears with the word ‘Waste’ in orange letters written centrally. You can make out two figures in the blurred background that as it comes into focus reveal Russell and Richard chatting outside, stood next to a green recycling bin and black general waste bin. They are stood in front of a brick wall that has some signage and a mural mounted on it, and some outdoor gym equipment.

 Russell opens saying: And I see in some places you’ve got your recycling and your general waste bins together.

 Richard: Yep.

 Russell: But in other areas I have noticed that there’s maybe just only the general waste bins. So, what are you doing to encourage your site users to recycle and dispose of their waste properly?

 Richard: So, we’ve got a lot of signage around the site. We’ve got these bins in all of the office spaces as well, in the indoor spaces. And we’ve got a water fountain, we’ve got one outside and one inside as well. So, we always encourage, discourage single-use plastics and encourage people to bring their own water bottles that they can fill up here.

 Whilst Richard is speaking, the shot changes to show an outdoor water refill station, a hand can be seen pressing on the faucet. The image then changes to show an electronic indoor water refill point, a reusable bottle is held under the tap with a close up shot of it filling up. The shot returns outside to Russell and Richard talking.

 Russell says: You’ve got some good initiatives in there. You’re encouraging or you’re trying to make sure you reduce the amount of waste that you’re putting out in the first place by getting people to reduce single-use plastics, which is good.

 While Russell is talking (above), an orange block of colour fills the outer right-hand third of the screen, an animated graphic of a plastic bottle in a circle appears before a red line strikes through it and the words ‘Single-use plastics’ appear beneath it. This graphics is then replaced by two water droplets and the words ‘Water fountains’. The background shot transitions to a slow pan across the larger recycling bins and a clothing bank. The graphic in orange changes to show an arrow in a rectangular sign and the word ‘Signage’ beneath. The final graphic is a recycling bin with the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ arrow logo on it’s front, the words ‘Recycling bins’ appear below.

 Russell: I think the key thing for me is trying to be more consistent around the site and make sure that you have got a recycling bin next to every general waste bin.

 As Russell is speaking the graphics disappear and return to him and Richard stood outside. At the end of this dialogue the screen blurs and ‘Food and drink’ appears in orange letters centrally. The black background cannot be made out.

 Richard says: So, we have a kitchen and café space, and we are converting the kitchen into a training kitchen, working with a charity that work with adults with learning disabilities and autism. And then in the café space we receive twice weekly deliveries from the Felix Project, of food that would be going to waste, and we redistribute it to those in need in the local community.

 As the audio starts and the image becomes clear the camera pans across the kitchen space, there are lots of boxes, a shelf of plants and a number of kitchen appliances along the countertop. The shot then moves outside to show a white van branded with ‘The Felix Project’ and ‘Fare Share London’ logos. From the back of the van Richard can be seen emerging with crates of food. A few more volunteers and staff members are then focused on passing goods form the back of the van, pushing trolleys full of food crates and taking items to the café. This is followed with some close-up shots of groceries and yoghurts bagged up to be distributed in a trolley.

 Russell responds: So, I think those initiatives you have here are excellent.  Not only are you reducing energy that you use, reducing the waste from your own kitchen, but you’re involving the local community, getting them involved with the Hub here, not just through sport, but by supporting the local community, so there’s some fantastic initiatives you’ve got going.

 The image changes to show a staff member sorting groceries into boxes. The screen then moves to show Russell and Richard talking in the café with crates of food visible behind them. The outer right-third of the screen fills orange again and a graphic of a lightening bolt appears with ‘Reducing energy’ written beneath it. This graphic is then replaced with a waste bin and the text ‘Reducing waste’. The next graphic to appear is a delivery van with an apple image on its side, the text beneath reads ‘Sourcing local food’. The final graphic displayed is a hand with 3 people figures above it, beneath ‘Supporting the local community’ is written. The orange third moves out of shot.

 The image changes to a blurred background, behind which Russell and Richard can be made out sitting on a bench outside. ‘Nature and wildlife’ is written in orange text centrally on the screen.

 Richard begins speaking: Okay, so this is one of our outdoor areas, the mulch area. It was actually created, they dug out the concrete and used it on a construction project nearby, and then donated the leftover mulch. So, this is a nicer area.

 As Richard is speaking the background clears and title disappears to show the two men sat on a bench outside alongside some planters. In the background a block of flats is visible. Richard is expressive with his hands during this dialogue to indicate where they dug up the concrete and replaced it with mulch. As Richard finishes speaking the shot changes to show a group of men playing football on an outdoor astroturf. There are flats in the background covered in scaffolding. The shots are in the slow motion and zoom into players feet and ball movements as the dialogue continues.

 Russell responds: I think it’s great. I mean, look the fact that it’s recycled materials that you’ve used. Local people have put these things together, so community involvement as well. A just in terms of the planting, doesn’t look so good in winter, but as you say in the summer this will be blooming, attracting the butterflies and the bees, etc.

 During this audio, the on-screen image reverts to the two men chatting outside. The outer right-third of the screen fills again with orange to show a graphic of a carrot and the words ‘Grow food’ beneath. As this graphic appears, the background changes to show a close up of some greenery growing in one of the planters. The graphic then becomes a tree with the text ‘Local native plants’. The next graphic is a bird and bee, underneath it reads ‘Encourage wildlife’. The camera returns to a close up of Russell at the end of this spoken section (below) as the orange third disappears from screen.

 Russell: I think this is really good. You could maybe grow some of your own food, so, you know, some salads or herbs, that sort of thing. Put in some local native plants. They help the birds and the bees a bit more, just because it’s a more natural system that the insects are already used to. And it’s important to encourage the wildlife because those are the things that pollinate the food plants.

 The screen blurs again and title ‘Travel’ appears in orange letters centrally. In the background some bikes can be made out. As the title disappears and the screen clears, Russell and Richard are outside stood amongst some parked bikes. The Hub is visible behind them, and they are facing each other in conversation, as he speaks (below) Richard using his hands to gesture the bike parking racks, direction of local public transport links and the nearby bus stop. The camera shot closes up on Russell and Richard as they’re talking.

 Richard says: We’re in a residential area, so lots of our users do come by foot and for those who have slightly longer journeys, we encourage them to come by bike.  We do also have really good public transport links. We’re really lucky. So we try and publicise the links with the bus routes that come to just Black Prince Road outside or Vauxhall Station or Kennington Station are easy walking distance as well.

 The screen then shows a woman plugging into a wall-mounted electric car charging station and then into the front of her car.

 Richard says: We encourage car sharing as well to try and reduce the number of cars that are coming to the site. So people who travel in e-cars can charge their cars as well.

 The screen now shows Russell and Richard stood talking in the car park of the Hub. The electric car just focused on can be seen directly behind them, as can the large recycling bins from earlier in the video. The Hub sports hall and housing can be seen as the backdrop to the carpark.

 Russell responds: I think what you’re doing already is really good, to have the bike parking positions, encouraging people to do active transport is really good. It’s not just good for the environment, but it’s good for the individual as well, you get them more active. Obviously, they’re coming to play sports, but you get them more active in their everyday lives. It’s not just about emissions and climate change, but it’s also about local air quality and improving air quality. So reducing car usage really is very important.

 The background now changes to show a man and woman using two rowing machines inside the Hub gym. The outer third of the screen turns orange and a graphic of a bike is shown with the text ‘Bike racks’ beneath. The background moves onto a man using an assault bike, the graphic on the right changes to show a person waking and reads ‘Active travel’. The shot now shows the feet of two people kicking a football, the graphic in the orange third shows a car with a lightening bolt on it and the text ‘Electric vehicles’. The orange panel disappears, and the screen now shows slow motion footage of two women completing a resistance band exercise in the Hubs boxing gym. The scene moves on back to the Regal basketball court showing a group of men, in slow motion, practicing shooting.

 The screen blurs and the title ‘Enquire and tell’ appears centrally in orange writing. The title disappears and frame clears to reveal Russell and Richard sat on a black couch facing each other talking.

 Richard says: We’re really keen to know is there anything we can do better to influence and encourage the people that we work with and the people that we service in the local community?

 As Russell responds (below), the frame changes to show the same few women using resistance bands in boxing gym, a coach is instructed one of them. In time with the dialogue below, ‘Have conversations’ appears centrally on screen in white text. The text disappears image reverts to Russell and Richard chatting on the couch. In time with the audio, ‘Individuals can make a difference’ appears centrally on screen in white writing. The camera zooms into Russell and ‘Small actions add up’ replaces the text on screen.

 Russell says: There’s one very simple answer to this and it’s have conversations, talk about these issues. You know, they’re important to society, they’re obviously important to your organisation. They are important to sport because we’re being impacted by some of these issues. So, look, individuals can make a difference and a lot of those small actions will add up and will definitely lead to bigger changes.

 The screen shows again the three women and male coach exercising with resistance bands. This swiftly changes to show two men sparring in the boxing ring with gloves on. The frame shows a close up of one woman using a resistance band, before closing into the basketball hoop in the Regal court showing a basketball going through in slow motion. The final clip shows a man dribbling the basketball through his legs along the court side lines, in the background others can be seen practicing shooting.

 Russell says: So, for the millions of people out there that participate in sport, whether as a player, whether as an employee, a volunteer, or any aspect, all of these small things add up and eventually they’ll make a significant difference.  It will make sure that the sports sector is playing its role in reducing our impacts on the environment.

 The video now shows Russell stood on the Hub’s balcony facing someone slightly off-camera to the right. In the background you can see the football pitches, Hub admin building, carpark entrance, a few figures playing near the bike racks and the houses the surround the site.

 Russell says: So, what we hope you take from this video, some of these small hints and tips we talked about today, and you’ll take them into your own organisation to try and reduce your own environmental impact and play your part in reducing the impact of the sports sector.

 The screen turns white. The Club Matters logo sits centrally at the top, beneath is the Sport England and National Lottery Funded logos. At the bottom the Club Matters website link is visible ‘www.sportenglandclubmatters.com’ and then the Sport England website ‘www.sportengland.org’. To the left sits the BASIS ‘British Association for Sustainable Sport’ logo, and to the right, the Black Prince Trust logo.

 The music stops. The video ends.


Last modified: Monday, 24 April 2023, 2:53 PM