The BASIS Sustainable Sport Conference

The BASIS Sustainable Sports Conference


BASIS (The British Association for Sustainable Sport), invites you to our 5th annual Sustainable Sports Conference on Thursday 19th November 2015 at Lord’s, the Home of Cricket.

The BASIS Playing Better Challenge is a day dedicated to improving the off-pitch performance of sport in the UK at all levels.  

The BASIS Conference will particularly focus on how sport will be affected by climate change and what we can do to engage in this topic.

BASIS have been asked to attend the Paris COP21 Conference – The International Political Response to Climate Change – and will use part of our conference to collate a collaborative view from the UK Sport Sector. Don’t miss out on making your voice heard.

We will also continue to discuss how facilities at every level can make on the ground efficiency savings and reduce our environmental impact.


08:30 - 09:30 Exhibitor Arrival & Set-up

Exhibitor Set-up

09:30 - 10:00 Delegate arrival & Registration

Tea, coffee and pastries will be served.

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and Introduction

MCC – Robert Ebdon, Assistant Secretary Estates and Ground Redevelopment

BASIS – Russell Seymour, Chair

10:15 - 10:45 Keynote - Lord Deben

Lord Deben – Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change to speak

10:45 - 11:15 - Into to the Playing Better Challenge

Lead by Chris Whitaker, to feature Eight Ash Green Cricket Club

11:15 - 12:15 Break out session 1

–  LED lighting with Musco

–  National Governing Bodies with Golf Environment Organisation and the Green Blue

–  Student Sport lead by Nick Roberts with Dave Newport (University of Colorado), NUS and EAUC.

–  Sport and Climate Change lead by the Climate Coalition

12:15 - 13:15 LUNCH

Hot and cold buffet will be served.

13:15 - 13:45 Keynote: Sustainable Sport in the US

Dave Newport, University of Colorado and Secretary to the Board of the Green Sports Alliance

13:45 - 14:45 Break out session 2

–  Exhibitor presentations (currently: The Curve, Bunzl Catering Services, Wiles GreenWorld, Seacourt Printing, RT Machinery)

–  Sustainability and Cricket lead by Chris Whitaker and Terry Watson

–  Sustainability in Football lead by Mike Lloyd (including Cardiff University, Responsiball and Forest Green Rovers)

–  Sport England lead by Graeme Beaumont and Sheila Hawkins of Sport England and Chris St John Cox of Ricardo

14:45 - 15:15 Break

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served

15:15 - 15:45 KEYNOTE: 100% Sport, BT Sport

Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer, BT

15:45 - 16:45 Milestones in 2015 and looking forward to 2016

–  Philip Russell, The R&A

–  Nick Hollely, Silverstone

–  Darren Crossman, Rugby World Cup (a venue perspective) TBC

–  Chris Limpach, Musco

–  Climate Coalition

16:45 - 17:00 Closing comments

Russell Seymour, BASIS Chair

17:15 - 18:00 Tour of Lord’s

Lead by Russell Seymour

Conference themes overview

Lord Deben, Opening Keynote address – Chairman of Committee on Climate Change

 BT Sport: Go 100 percent –  How to turn all clubs to renewable energy

Sustainability and Football – Lessons from the Premier League Dr Andrea Collins, (Cardiff University); The Responsiball Report on CSR in European Leagues (Daniel Cade of Schwery Consulting); Forest Green Rovers, ‘The greenest football club in the country’ (Bruce Cockrean, Ecotricity and FGR).

Student Sport – Rewarding Success: How student sports teams are engaging in sustainability (Nick Roberts, University of Gloucestershire’s Students’ Union, Dave Newport, University of Colorado)

National Governing Bodies – How to engage your Governing body in Sustainability  (The Golf Environment Organisation and The Green Blue, RYA)

Sustainability and Cricket – Lead by the ECB and to feature several First-class counties. All levels of cricket welcome.

Sport England – Content to be confirmed

Solutions sessions – Presentations focused on energy saving and efficient facility management

Confirmed delegates

Lord’s Cricket Ground
Arsenal FC
The Jockey Club
BT Sport
University of Gloucestershire
University of Cardiff

Sport England
RYA/Green Blue
Golf Environment Organisation
Pitch Sports Group
The R&A
Eight Ash Green Cricket Club
The Curve
National Union of Students
Environment Association for Universities and Colleges

“A unique opportunity in the calendar for British Clubs and venues to hear what others are doing and to network with peers around sustainability issues”

Russell SeymourSustainability Manager, Marylebone Cricket Club

“A great opportunity for students to engage with a new and exciting approach to the sustainability conversation”

Nick RobertsGlobal Athletes Award, University of Gloucestershire‘s Students’ Union
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