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Beith Big Swap

Sports kit from strips to boots was collected and reused instead of being landfilled. This was particularly effective as young people grew out of sizes. Image: aneduard/AdobeStock

Beith Community Development Trust were awarded a Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) grant to help sports clubs and teams in Beith kick the carbon habit by reusing sports kit, washing and drying kit more efficiently and swapping single occupancy car trips to matches for lift sharing, walking and cycling.

What type of project would reduce carbon emissions and help the community?

  • Reducing impact and costs of energy, clothing and travel associated with sports activities.
  • Raising awareness of carbon emissions and climate change.

What consultation took place before applying for a CCF grant?

  • Consultation exercise with around 90 members through a combination of focus groups and one-to-one listening interviews.
  • Community Energy Scotland - grant for PV thermal energy system.
  • North Ayrshire Council - letters of support received.

What did the CCF Grant of £111,775 fund?

  • Low energy washing machines (water heated by PV thermal energy system).
  • Pulley system to suspend kit at roof height for energy efficient drying.
  • Incentives for young people involved in the project.
  • Staff to deliver the project (Development Officer & sessional staff).
  • Staff and volunteer training and expenses.
  • Rent of premises & venue hire for kit swap events.
  • Promotional material and resource development.

Why did carbon emissions decrease?

  • Sports kit from strips to boots was reused instead of being landfilled. This was particularly effective as young people grow out of sizes.
  • Kit was dried using innovative ceiling mounting drying system instead of tumble drying.
  • Car shares, walking and cycling to matches instead of single occupancy car journeys.

What were the community benefits?

  • Community saves money on sports kit, transport and energy bills and brought together around kit and lift sharing.

What was the sustainable legacy?

  • Expanding kit wash facilities into a community enterprise.
  • Kit reuse becomes the norm.

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