Policy and Commitment
- Signed up to EFL’s Green Clubs initiative.
- Once the club and Supporters Trust have ownership of the stadium, solar panels and renewable energy will be considered.
- The club’s Maintenance Manager only turns the floodlights on at the last minute prior to kick off on a match day.
- Has trialled electric mowers.
- At the end of every day, staff ensure all heating and lights are turned off.
- Train travel to the County Ground is promoted on the club’s website.
- Coaches to away games are provided throughout the season by the Supporters Club’s branch SAS Travel.
- On selected matchdays, the local council has stands outside and/or inside of the stadium to promote sustainable methods of travelling to the ground.
- The Swindon Town Football Club Supporters Trust has previously held surveys on how supporters travel to the stadium. The last survey took place in Q4 2022.
- The Swindon Town Football Club Official Supporters Club has previously reached out to the fanbase and encouraged supporters to travel together on matchdays through car sharing.
Single Use Plastic Reduction/Removal
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- Segregated waste and recycling collection bins are located across the stadium to ensure the club achieves maximum recycling and minimises its general waste.
- Remaining food from matchdays are given to the Swindon Food Collective and local homeless hostels.
- The club’s 22/23 home and away shirts are made from 100% recycled polyester, ethically sourced, fully traceable and responsibly produced.
- Water saving devices have been installed in the County Ground’s bathrooms and dressing rooms.
- Sixty-one urinals which used 200,000 litres of water a day were altered to automatically flush four times an hour, rather than 15, and only when a motion sensor detects they have been used. This means no more unnecessary flushes overnight or when the stadium is empty, giving an estimated saving of 60 million litres a year – the equivalent of 24 Olympic swimming pools.
- The ground’s 53 toilets were fitted with devices to save more than two pints of water every time they are flushed.
Plant based/low carbon food
- Vegan food options are available in kiosks through suppliers Creed & Proper Cornish. Options include vegan sausage rolls and vegan pizza rolls.
- In hospitality, the club offers a vegan option which changes each game.
- First team staff and academy staff can request vegan options which will change for each sitting.
- Uses an organic-based approach for the County Ground’s fertilisation plan.
- The Foundation works with a number of local schools to run workshops and social action projects based around sustainability. These have led to initiatives such as tree planting, litter picking and more.
Communication and Engagement
- The Community Foundation promoted Planet League’s ‘Planet League Cup’ competition on its Facebook page.
- In 2022, The Foundation launched ‘The Green League’ which is a multifaceted sustainability project. The flagship project of The Green League was ‘Earth Missions’, which engaged participants to complete challenges linked to improving habits and behaviours relating to saving water and electricity. This served as a pilot to the larger scale rollout of the scheme in Q1 2023. greenleague.co.uk/
- Displayed posters which promoted the EFL’s Smart Metering Campaign.
- Swindon Town has exchanged on the purchase of their County Ground stadium, with completion scheduled for the end of March. The club are buying the ground from Swindon Borough Council in a 50-50 split deal with their Supporters’ Trust.
- The club rents its training ground from the council.
Information sourced directly from Swindon Town F.C staff, website and third party websites
Information updated 07 March, 2023.