STPT Annual Celebration

Save Today, Play Tomorrow

Save Today, Play Tomorrow is the FIRST OF ITS KIND sustainability programme in the UK that looks to empower and engender the 100,000’s of people that regularly engage in grassroots football, supporting our ambitious goal of a decarbonised game.

At Save Today, Play Tomorrow, we recognise the need to take action now to ensure the beautiful game reduces its environmental impact, whilst being a provider of education to those involved at all levels, so they can make informed decisions that will shape how future generations can enjoy and sustain the game in the long term.

Find out more about how Save Today, Play Tomorrow can support your club via the channels below!

Website – 


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FB - @savetodayplaytomorrow

X – @WeAreSTPT

Instagram - @savetodayplaytomorrow

Birmingham County FA and its environmental commitments

As a regional governing body, BCFA recognise the need to act now to ensure the beautiful game significantly reduces its environmental impact, whilst helping to educate those involved in football at all levels to make informed decisions that will shape how much future generations will be able to enjoy and sustain the game in the long term. While grassroots football is not the cause of climate change; most clubs are SME sized, often loss-making, volunteer led enterprises with a microscale carbon footprint, it offers huge potential for engagement, as the scale on which people share a close affinity with their community club is perhaps unparalleled in any other sport, activity, or business.

BCFA has taken the following steps to actively reduce its own emissions at its Ray Hall Lane facility. 

The installation of a full roof solar array
GHG Protocol aligned annual Net-Zero Carbon Reporting & Accounting
Zero to landfill
Installed efficient low energy heating & lighting
Installation of 2 Electric Vehicle Chargers
Moved to digital programmes for all major events & cup finals
Adopted an agile workplace to reduce staff travel to/from the office
Installed additional water refill stations on site for public use
Qualified 5 members of staff as Mental Health Champions
Switched to organic pitch maintenance products
Staff completed Carbon Literacy for Grassroots Football training

Environmental Policy

Birmingham County FA accepts responsibility for the harmful effects its operations have on both the local and global environment and is committed to reducing them.

We are now taking steps to measure our impact on the environment and set ambitious targets for ongoing improvement and will comply with all relevant environmental legislation. We will implement a training for our staff to raise awareness of environmental issues and enlist their support in improving the County FA’s performance. We will also encourage the adoption of similar principles by our suppliers & partners.

Richard Lindsay,
Sustainability & Insights Manager

Planet Mark Certified

We’re proud to announce that we’ve achieved the Planet Mark Year 2022 Business Certification. This is an incredible achievement involving the entire business.

The Planet Mark Business Certification is an internationally recognised sustainability certification for business acknowledging continuous progress, encouraging action and building an empowered community of like-minded individuals.

In this crucial #DecadeofAction, measuring our own carbon footprint has been a critical step in reducing our impact on the planet and society and through the findings and recommendations from the report we are on the right track to meet our Net Zero ambitions by 2030.




Year 1 - 2021

Year 2 - 2022

Year 3 - 2023

DOWNLOAD: Qualifying Explanatory statement for Birmingham County FA PAS2060:2014

As associate members (through the County FA) your club are able to access resources, education courses and support from the team at BASIS.

WM Net Zero Business Pledge

Birmingham County FA are proud to have joined over 50 organisations across the region in committing to the WM Net Zero Business Pledge!

Alongside BT, Arup & National Express WM, the West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge encourages companies and other organisations to commit to reducing their carbon emissions, whilst providing them with practical support and guidance on how to achieve those targets.

Find out more and make your pledge at

Richard Lindsay


Birmingham County FA have been accepted to join the UNFCCC's Sports for Climate Action initiative as a signatory to the Sports for Climate Action Framework. 

The Sports for Climate Action initiative calls on sporting organisations to acknowledge the contribution of the sports sector to climate change and our responsibility to strive towards climate neutrality for a safer planet.

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FFTG LogoSave Today, Play Tomorrow has been accepted as members of #FootballFortheGoals

This is a United Nations initiative, launched on 6 July 2022, that provides a platform for the global football community to engage with and advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is an opportunity to build on football's powerful and influential reach and to work together to become agents of change by aligning messaging, strategies and operations with the aspirations of the SDGs. 



BCFA are currently undertaking the process to become ISO14001 accredited.

ISO14001 is an international standard that sets out the criteria for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides guidelines for organisations to establish and implement an environmental policy, identify and assess environmental aspects and impacts, set objectives and targets, and continuously improve their environmental performance. The standard is designed to help businesses like BCFA minimise their environmental footprint, comply with environmental regulations, and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.

Implementing ISO14001 can help reduce costs associated with waste management, energy consumption, and regulatory compliance. By identifying and addressing environmental risks and opportunities, businesses can improve efficiency, reduce waste, and save money over time. Overall, ISO14001 will help BCFA become more sustainable, competitive, and resilient in today's increasingly environmentally conscious marketplace

British Association for Sustainable Sport

We are the sustainability hub for the UK sports industry with a fierce belief in sustainable sport: a not-for-profit committed to delivering a positive impact for sport at every level, and harnessing the power of sport to make a difference for all.