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Achieving Circularity in Cities through Environmental Sustainability of Sports (ACCESS) aims at enhancing sustainability and circularity in cities and regions by increasing the sport organisations’ capacities and knowledge on environmental matters, improving their governance patterns and making sport events more sustainable. Four pilot sport organisation and their respective stadiums will go through an extensive screening, including interviews, audits, and site visits, in order to understand their current environmental sustainability principles and environmental performances in general. Once their strategies and policies are compared to those of their respective cities, an action plan would be drawn up which would enable these sport organisations to contribute to overall transition towards circular economy locally and regionally. This would enable the four participating organisations - the Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA), the Danish Football Association (DBU), Porto Football Club (FCP) and the Welsh Football Association (FAW) to get closer to their local and regional authorities and open the windows to major cooperation across a variety of fields such as mobility, waste, energy, governance, procurement etc. Ultimately, they would also become reference organisations for other sport entities in their countries to replicate and multiply the ACCESS methodology.

Project financed by the Erasmus+ Sports Programme of the European Union, and the project will last for 3 years, from June 2022 to June 2025.



The kick-off meeting which took place in July marked the official beginning of the project as the project partners met for the first time in Brussels and had the opportunity to present their organisations to each other and share their current practices, approaches and future plans. This meeting also helped ACR+, the project coordinator, not only to present the project’s work plan, activities and objectives but also to understand how to apply the work plan and the activities in the four different organisations. The autumn of 2022 and winter of 2023 will mainly see a set of interviews, site visits and similar activities while bringing the respective local and regional authorities into the bigger picture which would result in tailor-made solutions and their implementation to start in 2023.

After the kick-off meeting in July in Brussels, where partners got a chance to introduce themselves and benefitted from a detailed presentation of the project and its components, partners will gather online in September, to discuss and plan on the next steps. Interviews with the various cities and clubs will then start, to have a look at the current state of play of their practices, objectives and performances.


More information:

Ernest Kovács

Francesco Lembo

Solène Padeletti



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