Tralee Parnells Selected To Take Part In GAA Green Club Programme

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TRALEE Parnells Hurling & Camogie Club is one of 45 clubs along with two regional venues, selected to participate in Phase One of a new GAA Green Club programme launched this month.

The Tralee club is the only one in Kerry to take part in the Programme, which will see clubs explore a range of sustainability projects designed to enrich their physical and social environments.

The Tralee Parnells Hurling & Camogie Club is focusing primarily on the Travel & Transport theme but will not be limited to this area of work.

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The Green Club Phase One participants were selected from 220 clubs in the 32 counties that responded earlier this year to a questionnaire designed to gauge interest in developing a Green Club initiative. The responses highlighted a wealth of sustainability work already being undertaken by GAA units and a desire to further contribute to the green agenda while future-proofing their communities and facilities.

Phase One will run for twelve months from December 2020 with the intention of amassing as much practical learnings from the participating clubs and venues as possible.

This will inform the creation of a GAA Green Clubs toolkit that will be made available to all GAA units in Ireland (1,600 clubs, plus county and provincial venues), replete with useful case studies, established partnership models, and funding avenues.

GAA President, John Horan, said: “The Green Clubs Project further demonstrates that at its core the GAA is a community-based organisation grounded in place. The project seeks to support our hard-working volunteers in future-proofing their club facilities while contributing to the sustainability of their community from an environmental and cultural perspective. It also demonstrates the GAA’s commitment as an official SDG Champion of the Irish government.”

The GAA Green Club Programme, supported by the County & City Management Association and the local authority Climate Action Regional Offices, is delivered in partnership with the LGFA and Camogie Association, with additional support from expert agencies across the five thematic focus areas of the programme, namely: Energy, Waste, Biodiversity, Water, Travel & Transport.

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