Sports clubs see the light

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

A group of Porirua and Tawa sports clubs have been light­ing up over the past fort­night.

Mem­bers of the Project Lite­foot team vis­ited Pare­mata Boat­ing Club, Western Sub­urbs and Tawa foot­ball clubs and North City Cricket Club.

In some cases, they put in bet­ter light­bulbs, be­sides ad­vis­ing on in­su­la­tion and re­cy­cling to save money.

The char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion has vis­ited 414 sports clubs since its launch in 2011, and changes it has made add up to more than $ 2.5 mil­lion in sav­ings.

Ten sports am­bas­sadors lead Project Lite­foot, in­clud­ing golfer Michael Camp­bell, BMX rider Sarah Walker and All Black Con­rad Smith.

The aim is to re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print of sports clubs and re­duce their run­ning costs, leav­ing more money to pour into sport.

Team mem­ber Dan Kelly said seem­ingly small things like wrap­ping hot wa­ter cylin­ders and putting in en­ergy-ef­fi­cient light­bulbs could save many thou­sands of dol­lars.

‘‘There are sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings to be had,’’ he said. ‘‘Some clubs we’re see­ing haven’t been up­dated for a long time and their in­ef­fi­ciency means their bills are higher than they should be.’’

He and his team go through a clu­b­rooms with a check­list and of­ten make changes on the spot.

Though Project Lite­foot is based in Auck­land and has visi- ted only North Is­land sports clubs so far, Kelly said mem­bers would be head­ing to the South Is­land soon.

Fund­ing comes from New Zealand Com­mu­nity Trust, Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment and Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion. Go to pro­jectlite­foot.org for in­for­ma­tion.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Shed­ding light: Liteclub em­ploy­ees, from left, Dan Kelly, Claire Keel­ing and Paul Eisel, at Western Sub­urbs Foot­ball Club.

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