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Derby College Group wins National Sports Sustainability award for the second year

Derby College Group (DCG) is delighted to have been named as the winner of the National Sustainability in Sport Award at the Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport Awards for the second time in a row. 

Derby College Group is committed to reducing its environmental footprint. And as part of this, by promoting sustainability in sports, the college encourages practices that conserve resources, reduce waste, and lessen carbon emissions.

A clear glass award for Sustainability in Sport.

There are many areas that the Sports Curriculum team is making strides in sustainability, that led to them receiving the award including: 

  • Ensuring suitable gym equipment is made from recycled material, e.g. tyres.
  • Using flooring in relevant sports areas that is made of recycled products.
  • Taking part in the Planet Earth Games project, promoting physical activity, health, and sustainability.
  • Being involved in practical environmental activities including litter picking.

DCG also integrates environmental education into the curriculum, teaching students about the importance of sustainability and how they can apply these principles in various aspects of their lives and future careers. 

Nick Ramsden, Assistant Principle, said of the award: “This really means a lot to the team and the college. We have and are working incredibly hard on our ongoing commitment to sustainability. 

“It has been a real team effort, and we are continuously looking for ways to improve and how we can become more sustainable.” 

More broadly, DCG is following the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges’ FE Climate Action Roadmap to strive towards becoming a leading FE college in UK in sustainability. 

With this, our long-term aim is for the College estate to achieve the globally recognisable ISO14001:2015 certification.