In order to be able to continue to practice sport in the current economic situation, it is necessary for clubs to “adjust their operation and infrastructure”. That is the opinion of the French-speaking green party Ecolo. In an interview in La derniere heure Federal Member of Parliament Sévérine De Laveleye pleads for a temporary ban on evening football, although this could also be possible in the longer term.
Energy prices continue to rise, and sports clubs can no longer escape this either. Last weekend you could read in this newspaper that many clubs are trying to arm themselves against this. For example, by increasing the membership fee and not letting players shower at the club, but also by bringing training sessions forward so that the lighting does not have to be on.
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For Ecolo, things can go a little further and the current crisis is an ideal moment to initiate the transition in which sports clubs also become more sustainable. That says federal representative Sévérine De Laveleye in an interview with La derniere heure. She is talking about infrastructure works that take sustainability, reduced emissions and renewable energy into account.
“We can also think about organizing big events at times and places where fewer resources are needed,” she says. She then cites evening football matches, for example, with lights turned on at their maximum and the heating in indoor areas that must be very high. “But we also need to rethink how merchandising is made, rethink catering, sponsorship too.” In the latter category, for example, she does not think it is possible for sports clubs to be sponsored by companies that use fossil fuels. For example, Gazprom is an important sponsor in the sports world.