The project “Greencoach- Incorporating sustainability in the governance of sports organisations”, co-funded by the European Commission under the umbrella of the Programme Erasmus+ Sport, is a 36 months collaborative partnership, which involves eight public and private entities, (Sport Federations and Institutions, NGOs, University, Research Centers) based in different Countries: Italy, Spain, Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Lithuania and France. The project is coordinated by Ecoserveis.

Footprint in sports events

As shown by different studies, the sports industry has a large responsibility towards global environmental pollution (Triantafyllidi, 2018). Over the last decade, some initiatives have been developed to incorporate monitoring and benchmarking of environmental footprint in sports events.

Therefore, there are not yet reference models at organisational level on good governance of sustainability within sports organisations, and especially focusing on how to incorporate sustainability as a cross-cutting priority in sports clubs as a governance element, beyond specific actions during sport events.

Furthermore, organisers of sporting events tend to have more control over infrastructure and operational decisions.

However, the larger impact of sports in the environmental footprint is related to mobility and transport, even in grassroots sports (Triantafyllidi, 2018), which involves individual attitudes of both internal and external people, and is more difficult to tackle and control.

Sport participants

As some studies have shown (Wicker, 2018), the individual environmental footprint of individual sport participants behaviour can have a significant impact, but most of the studies have examined aggregate values of sport events and do not tackle the individual perspective of participants’ behaviour.

Sports community

Consequently, the sports community should start taking steps to address individual travel emissions related to players, fans, families and staff transportation. Sports can be an important activity in the fight against climate change because of their popularity and their capacity to reach very different profiles of citizens.

They offer a great potential to promote ethical behaviours and codes of conduct related to sustainability among citizenship profiles that usually do not engage in climate actions.

Also, as the above mentioned studies recommend, strategic management approaches and policy development are required to minimise the impacts related to pollution in sports:

Proactive innovations and policies that encourage alternative transportation behaviour and apply specific practices with focus on mobility choices of the users of sports facilities

Main activities


Creation of a user-friendly online tool to engage both the sports organisation and the players, families, spectators and staff into sustainability behaviour


To put all the necessary information for monitoring the reduction of their environmental footprint and to achieve the seal according to their progress.



Creation of a quality seal to provide visibility to the sports clubs working on the improvement of their environmental footprint


A gamification methodology to align our objective of environmental footprint reduction with sport activities based on competition and cooperation. Medals and a golden seal are the rewards for new measures to decrease environmental footprint, and make sustainable commitment visible.



Creation of a series of educational modules to train the main stakeholders of sport facilities about sustainability in sport clubs and events


The content consists on a module for sportspersons (players) addressed directly to the users of the sports centers and a module for educators and staff of the sports center.


General Objective

To improve good governance in sport organisations by incorporating the monitoring and benchmarking of their environmental footprint, and sustainability as a cross-cutting element in the daily management of sports organisations.

Specific Objectives