The Kia Oval proudly hosted the 2021 British Association for Sustainable Sport Awards on Tuesday 19th October.
As part of their tenth anniversary, BASIS awarded organisations for introducing initiatives that reduce their environmental impacts while enhancing their social and economic influence. To find out more about the work BASIS do, please click here.
BASIS provides expert help to sports clubs, venues, and governing bodies for over a decade – helping them to understand their impacts, set targets and implement processes to improve their environmental performance.
— Jonathan Overend (@jsoverend) October 20, 2021
They describe their vision as harnessing the power of sport to build a sustainable future and our mission is to empower sport in the UK to become a world leader in sustainability with the urgency dictated by science.
BASIS recognises the positive role sport plays in promoting healthy lifestyles and building communities and the opportunity to leverage the power of elite sport to guide society towards social and environmental sustainability.
Sustainability is crucial to all of our work at The Kia Oval and we’re extremely proud to hold EcoSmart Platinum Status for our work in this area. To find out more about Surrey County Cricket Club’s Sustainability work, click here.
The winners on the evening were as follows:
Club Strategy / Strategic Leadership Award
Winner: Shoreham FC
Runner up: Norwich City FC
Runner up: Southampton FC Halo Effect
Social Impact, Engagement and/or Education
Winner: People & Work
Runner up: Planet Earth Games
Runner up: RYA Green Blue
Innovation: Initiatives and Products
Winner: Racing Foundation and Thoroughbred Breeders Association
Runner up: Tiger Up!
Runner up: Planet Super League
Media and Outreach
Winner: Sky Summer of Sustainable Sport
Runner up: BBC Sport 2050
Runner up: Emergency on Planet Sport
BASIS also took the opportunity to recognise three individual athletes which it feels are a shining example to sport because of their contribution to sustainability:
- Melissa Wilson, rower
- Hannah Mills, sailor
- Joe Cooke, cricketer
In addition, BASIS awarded Steve Issac, recently retired as the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) Director of Sustainability, a lifetime honorary membership for his dedication to improving sustainability in golf over the past decade.