Case Studies

Requirements for sustainable Olympic equipment

IOC / World Sailing

When it comes to the selection of Olympic equipment, International Federations (IFs) can mandate suppliers and have a positive influence across the sports goods and equipment industry. As part of the 2024 Olympic equipment selection, World Sailing decided to add sustainability as a criteria within the evaluation process as an opportunity to impact the wider marine industry.
While all of World Sailing Olympic equipment contracts require that companies operate in accordance with the IOC Supplier Code, the new requirements include the existence of a company sustainability policy, a life cycle assessment of the product, ISO 14001 certification and an environmental improvement programme.
The board-sports industry is a huge impactor to the environment through all the materials used, production processes and raw material extraction. Added to this is the amount of different types of plastics used to make the boards. There are on average seven different types of materials, making it almost impossible to recycle.
One of the windsurf board manufacturers,
Starboard, stood out with an existing strong sustainability offering within their products.
As part of their bid, the supplier demonstrated how they could reduce the environmental footprint from the production of the equipment. They did this by conducting a Life Cycle Assessment of their products, as well as a plastic and carbon footprint assessment at the company level and taking measures to reduce the footprint.

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FIH Bio-Plastic pitch

IOC / FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey)

FIH welcomes the development and launch of the latest and one of the most sustainable hockey trufs ever used in international competitions. Pollgras Tokyo GT, a new pitch incorporating bioplastics, will be used during the Tokyo Olympic Games contributing to the vision of a carbon-neutral event. The surface also brings two third less water compared to previous surfaces.

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Active Travel Case Study – Ghelamco Arena (KAA Gent, Belgium)

Since the launch of its guidance document – Active Travel Guidance for Sports Stadia – in May 2019, Healthy Stadia has been working with a number of pioneering European clubs and stadia operators on the development of case studies offering further insight into the promotion of walking and cycling to sports stadia. The first of these case studies to be published is from colleagues at KAA Gent, profiling a comprehensive active travel strategy that has been led by their Football in the Community department. Based at the newly built Ghelamco Arena (20,000 capacity), the club has a serious commitment to active travel, and has developed a major mobility programme for supporters over the last three years, promoting: walking, cycling park and ride shuttle busses, regional bus routes for supporters, and, carpool parking spaces near to the stadium. Under the campaign title, ‘Cycling Buffalo’s’, KAA Gent have been able to install 2838 permanent cycle locking stalls, with another 600 mobile stalls, with an average of +15% of KAA Gent supporters coming to the Arena by bicycle – see below to download the full case study. Healthy Stadia will be publishing a second active travel case study that has been developed with Gdansk Letnica Stadium in the December edition of our newsletter, whilst we invite any stadium operators and/or clubs who are interested in showcasing their own work on active travel to contact us for further details on developing a case study.

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International Floorball Federation’s equipment support

International Floorball Federation (IFF)

In cooperation with its floorball material sponsor, UNIHOC, the IFF provides floorball equipment to countries where floorball is in its early stages, and also to existing IFF Member Associations based on a needs assessment. Equipment support comes in the form of sticks, balls, goalkeeper equipment and rinks.

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International Floorball Federation’s development programme

International Floorball Federation (IFF)

The IFF launched the Development Programme in 2005 in order to support and develop the organisation and the activities of the Member Associations. Any Member Association can apply for organising a seminar.

The IFF Floorball Development Seminar (FDS) is built on three different blocks: OrganisationCoaching, and Refereeing. Each block aims to give additional knowledge to the associations and assist them in planning and managing development in their country. The seminar is a three day event consisting of theoretical lectures, practical training sessions, group work, and hands-on training and observation. During the last years the seminars have mainly been carried out in coaching and refereeing blocks.

Here you can find the instructions and guidelines how to apply and how to organise a Floorball Development Seminar, as well as the next seminars.

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GOGIRLS! Floorball

International Floorball Federation

GoGirls! Floorball is the IFF project aimed at helping to increase and promote the participation of girls and women in floorball throughout the world.

he IFF aims to provide guidance on the different challenges faced by girls in obtaining access to participation in sport, and to help break down those barriers within the international floorball family.

The key factors for the project are :

  • Getting girls to play
  • Teaching girls to play
  • Keeping girls playing

The IFF, in conjunction with several of our Member Associations, has produced materials that can be used by individuals, clubs, local organisations or National Associations to help develop their girl's floorball programmes. In this section you can find a more detailed description as well as links to material for anyone to access.

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WAKO Women against cancer

World Association of Kickboxing Organisations

In 2019, the World Association of Kickboxing (WAKO) supported a campaign to sensibilise it's community about cancer, jarzmikand to support the Wako athlete Paulina Jarzmik.

A communication plan has been setup, and a dedicated merchandising campaign has been developped as well.

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Sustainability in professional football, a case study from the Bundesliga (German)

Football is the number one sport in Germany. Millions of fans follow the matches every weekend: live in the stadium, in front of the TV or in the summary in the evening. The clubs in the 1st Bundesliga have long since ceased to be sports clubs.Football not only moves people, but also enormous sums of euros. And this is precisely where the present imug study comes in : For a long time now, companies have been called upon to take on corporate social responsibility (CSR). This responsibility must also be faced by football clubs, which have long since ceased to operate as charitable associations and are now generating millions of euros. It is not only about sporting success on the pitch.

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Sustainability at VfL Wolfsburg (in German)

VfL Wolfsburg has traditionally had very close ties with society and, like traditional business enterprises, bears responsibility towards it (Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR). The association is aware of this responsibility for the effects of its actions on people and the environment and has therefore firmly anchored CSR in its self-image. Nationally and internationally, it wants to be perceived as a responsible player and thus take a leading position in professional football. Sustainability and CSR reporting is a central communication tool for the club. Its most important addressees include fans, employees, partners and sponsors of VfL and Volkswagen AG. It also addresses non-governmental organisations and interest groups as well as representatives of politics, science and research. Here is an overview of sustainability programme VfL Wolfsburg including report (2016) that was published in compliance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines

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Right Hub – Initiatives of the motorsport sector to face COVID-19

E-book, developed by Right Hub, with good practices of the motorsport sector about manufacturing, fundraising, donation, supplying devices of protection and services. This e-book is divided according to the different stakeholders involved: organizers, teams, racers, sponsors, suppliers, partners, racetracks and car and motorcycle companies engaged in racing.

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