LiteClub to the res­cue

Central Leader - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

It’s been tough go­ing for the San­dring­ham Bowl­ing Club, but Project LiteClub is mak­ing sure it’s in with a sport­ing chance.

Over the last cou­ple of years the club has had its com­puter and hot wa­ter cylin­der stolen, a drop in mem­ber­ship and prob­lems with the greens.

A move to amal­ga­mate with Mt Al­bert Bowl­ing Club means they are now the Mt Al­bert-San­dring­ham Bowl­ing Club and have about 40 mem­bers.

‘‘It’s hard try­ing to get more mem­ber­ship as we are not close enough to schools to get the kids to play,’’ vice pres­i­dent Mar­ion Roberts says.

‘‘We have got to try and save money be­cause we haven’t got a large mem­ber­ship.’’

En­ter Project LiteClub. Project LiteClub was founded in 2011 as an off­shoot of Project LiteFoot, which signed up seven top Kiwi ath­letes and looked at how they could re­duce their car­bon foot­print.

‘‘LiteClub looks to make changes to grass­roots clubs and talk to them about how they can re­duce their foot­print and at the same time save them money,’’ plan­ning ad­viser Dan Kelly says. ‘‘We make sure the clubs use CFL light­ing, wrap old hot wa­ter cylin­ders and we in­stall wa­ter sav­ing de­vices for taps and sin­gle flush toi­lets.’’

The free ser­vice is funded by the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Auck­land Coun­cil’s Waste Min­imi­sa­tion Fund and the Blue Wa­ters Com­mu­nity Trust.

Since the project be­gan LiteClub has vis­ited 379 clubs in the North Is­land and is es­ti­mated to have saved al­most $2 mil­lion for grass­roots sports clubs.

‘‘It’s a good way to reach people who wouldn’t nor­mally get the en­vi­ron­men­tal mes­sage.’’

‘‘We have had re­sound­ingly pos­i­tive feed­back every­where we go and there are very few clubs where people don’t jump on board.’’

LiteClub’s goal is that by 2025 it will be able to trans­form New Zealand com­mu­nity sport in­fra­struc­ture to be elec­tric­ity in­de­pen­dent, zero waste and wa­ter neu­tral.

Af­ter the ini­tial changes LiteClub sends the club an Ef­fi­ciency Ac­tion Plan – set­ting out fur­ther changes the club can make to im­prove their en­vi­ron­men­tal per- for­mance while fur­ther re­duc­ing their run­ning costs.

‘‘We stay in con­tact with the clubs, and we main­tain a work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the clubs so if they need us we can help out,’’ Kelly says.

The project’s tagline ‘save money on power, spend money on sport’ is some­thing that ap­peals to the likes of the Mt Al­bert-San­dring­ham Bowl­ing Club.

Roberts thinks the mem­bers will be pleased with the changes and is look­ing for­ward to see­ing a re­duc­tion in run­ning costs.

Grass­roots change: Mt Al­bert-San­dring­ham Bowl­ing Club vice pres­i­dent Mar­ion Roberts, sec­ond from left, with the Project LiteClub team.

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