Project Long Game brought together a host of local and international speakers around the topic of sport and sustainability at the Solstice Arts Centre on Saturday, January 28th.

During the event, our experts, panelists and moderators discussed the relevance and opportunities for Meath’s sports clubs.

Stay tuned for the next stages of Project Long Game.

Dr. Russell Seymour – CEO, BASIS (British Association for Sustainable Sport)

Russell is one of the world’s foremost experts around sustainability and sport. Through BASIS, he advises a host of leading sports organisations on environmental and social sustainable development, from Premier League clubs to global sporting bodies.

Paul Gray – Vice Chair, Clan na Gael GAA (Louth)

Paul has played a key role in driving Clan na Gael’s actions around social and environmental sustainability. From its involvement with GAA ‘Healthy Clubs’ to its role as ‘Energy’ exemplar club for the GAA’s Green Club programme, community sits at the heart of this transformative action.

Michael Flynn – Chair, Railway Union Football Club (Dublin)

Michael has been at the forefront of Railway Union FC’s sustainability efforts since 2019 – including the promotion of active travel, ban on single use plastics and development of partnerships with local sustainability-focused providers.

Peter Dickson – Vice President, Dromore Rugby Club (Down)

As Vice-President of his club, Peter has played a key role in Dromore RFC’s actions around sustainability. Its tree-planting initiative made national headlines in 2022, with a series of other community focused projects in play or planned.

Patrick Haslett – Managing Partner, Impact 3 Zero

Patrick is managing partner with Impact 3 Zero, a specialist agency advising sports organisations, clubs and connected entities how to pursue sustainability. This includes identifying opportunities for positive community-focused action and ‘triple win’ benefits.

Padraig Fallon – Chair, GAA Green Clubs Committee

The GAA is notable for its active promotion of sustainable social and environmental development. As a leader of the GAA Green Clubs programme, Padraig is uniquely placed to share the insights, learnings and opportunities for grassroots clubs across all sports.

Seán McCabe – Climate Justice Manager, Bohemian FC

Seán is the Climate Justice Officer with Bohemians – a first in the world of football. He works with the club to design climate responses that empower Bohs’ fans and their communities. He is also strategic lead with the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative – a global coalition working to secure children’s right to a safe and healthy environment.

Natalya Coyle – Triple Olympian and Sustainability Advocate

After representing Ireland as a modern pentathlete in three Olympic Games, Natalya completed an MSc in Sustainable Resources at University College London. She is currently working as a project lead with Sport and Sustainability International.

Míde Ní Shúilleabháin – GAA Green Clubs Consultant (ex Sustainability Officer, Croke Park)

Specialising in sports sustainability, strategy development and community engagement, Míde is sustainability advisor to the GAA Green Club Programme and guest lecturer in Sports Sustainability & Sports Event Management at UCD.

Moira Aston – CEO, Canoeing Ireland

CEO of Canoeing Ireland since 2018 and a highly-experienced sports administrator, Moira sits on the board of the Executive Committee of the Olympic Federation of Ireland and Meath Local Sports Partnership.