“People need to unite around the biggest challenge we’re all going to face. They need to realise that local conflicts are not that important. That not one country can do it by itself. We need everybody to be on the same page. Without being united we cannot fix the...
IT WAS A SWELTERING EVENING in east London when the Netherlands beat underdog Ireland in the final of the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup. With the temperature peaking at around 27°C, the athletes could count themselves unlucky for having to contest what was probably the biggest match of their...
When NFL franchise Atlanta Falcons built the first-ever LEED Platinum sports stadium in the US, owner Arthur Blank said the decision was the right thing to do for the city and the environment. Additionally, he wanted to demonstrate that building responsibly was “possible for a venue of any type,...
WHENEVER A COUNTRY OR CITY BIDS TO HOST A MAJOR SPORTING EVENT, the decision is usually justified by citing the economic prosperity, profile boost and opportunity to create social change that such an event will bring. But the fact remains that there will almost certainly be a negative impact...
The sustainable sports movement is undoubtedly growing – no more so than in the US where several instances of leadership can be found. It was the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles that became the first professional sports team to achieve the ISO 20121 sustainable event management certification. In 2014, the NHL...
Forget entertaining the crowd and making sure participants are looked after, sporting events need to focus all of their efforts on three major factors: Reputation. Brand. And societal expectations. That might be a slight exaggeration. Sport will, first and foremost, always prioritise the entertainment of the spectators and wellbeing of those...
Mighty oaks grow from small seeds. Just ask Jeremy Pochman. Little did he know eight years ago, when he first had a conversation with a local community sailing programme, that the work they would do together would become the catalyst for one of the largest car manufacturers in the...
For sport to genuinely become a sector known for its sustainability credentials, it will have to engage with innovative organisations in other industries to tackle the challenges it can’t take on alone. And one of the major challenges facing professional sports clubs, organisations and event organisers is how to...
Thirteen years ago, Istanbul’s immense Ataturk Stadium was the stage for one of the most dramatic nights in European football. After going 3-0 down to star-studded AC Milan (boasting the likes of Kaka, Clarence Seedorf, Hernan Crespo and Paolo Maldini) in the first half of the 2005 Champions League...
The prospect of hosting an Olympic Games will always split the opinion of a city’s inhabitants. Many will see it as an investment. A chance to improve surrounding infrastructure and gain significant exposure. Think London, and how the 2012 Games proved to be the catalyst for the complete transformation...