Sports Environment Alliance (SEA) is pleased to announce Richmond Football Club as the newest member to its sport organisation network of those committed to making a positive impact on the environment.
Richmond Football Club (RFC), formed in 1885, is a participant in the Australian Football League with 11 VFL/AFL Premierships. Richmond boasts the largest membership base in the history of the game, in excess of 100,000.
Richmond is a diverse sporting organisation that recognises and respects Indigenous heritage, which includes the land on which they meet, work and train.
On welcoming Richmond Football Club to the Sports Environment Alliance network, SEA Executive Director, Dr Sheila Nguyen, said,
“The Sports Environment Alliance is extremely excited to have Richmond Football Club on board, leading on the field, Richmond FC has placed importance on leaving a legacy off the field in their commitment to their greater community.
“With their connection to the traditional owners of the land, it makes sense that they also value the health of the land, while also extending the knowledge and networks of our members and partners, and improving their level of impact and influence, which are integral to the movement.
“We welcome Richmond to the family as they add their weight to a growing voice to protect the space that gives us a place to play and we support their journey into our clean future.”
RFC’s CEO Brendon Gale said the organisation is committed as a community, to reducing their environmental footprint and if possible, leaving the environment in a better state than found.
RFC has already installed solar panels on all newly established buildings to provide an electricity supply to their Punt Road Oval premises.
“Not only do we all have a responsibility to future generations, but equally, to Australia’s First People’s who nurtured this land for tens of thousands of years.
“We look forward to learning from, and with, other member organisations to ensure we take a business-wide approach to operating sustainably and to help ensure we have spaces where sport can be enjoyed long into the future.”
Stay tuned to the Sports Environment Alliance website and its social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information on initiatives involving Sports Environment Alliance and Richmond Football Club in the coming months.