Climate Change Fund

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AUFA Carbon Emission Fight Continues

Ayr United Football Academy is pleased to announce that it has once again been awarded funding by the Climate Challenge Fund to continue its pro-environmental actions to helping to fight Climate Change.

Ayr United Football Academy will reduce local carbon emissions through the Eco Player Interactive Challenge (EPIC). EPIC will see local sports kit recycling centres established at six sports centres across South Ayrshire with a series of events to hand out and collect kit and provide further information on the benefits of recycling and what can be recycled.

Shaun Ferrie, AUFA’s Community Programmes Manager, said:

“We are delighted to be a part of the Scottish Governenemt’s latest Climate Challenge Fund initiative. The current programme has been tremendously successful and is nearing completion, so this new funding allows us to continue the activity, albeit with a different approach”

The Scottish Government has been effectively pro-active in the effort to stop climate change and global warming, with scientists working on many ideas that allows the public to help lower the possibility of climate change growing.

In 2009, Scotland moved to become a world leader with climate change legislations and their goal is to achieve a forty-two percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.

To encourage people to participate in helping the planet, the Scottish Government started the programme; Climate Challenge Fund, with the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Aileen McLeod announcing on 23 March 2016 that they would be awarding £9.47 million to 116 community-led projects across the country in the 22nd round of grants.

Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Changer and Land Reform:

“The programme encourages people to take part in making life better and easier, by reducing carbon emissions and to start living a more healthy, greener life. The communities which have shown that they are helping in making the world less carbon reliant, have been awarded funding to keep up the good job that had previously been engaged in.”

In September 2014 Ayr United Football Academy were awarded £126,821 for its FreshAyr, CleanAyr, GreenAyr project with the project coming to the end of its 18-month term just as this new one begins.

By Ada Adamczak


The Climate Challenge Fund awarded the academy £126,821 in September 2014 for its FreshAyr, CleanAyr, GreenAyr project. The project will run for 18 months and has three main stands:
1. The first of these has led to AUFA changing the way in which they dry their strips. A drying room has been installed as an electricity saving substitute for tumble dyers and in turn, uses less energy.
2. The second strand relates to recycling. The academy ask the local community to donate old football boots and strips in order to pass them back out to people who can make use of them.
3. Lastly, the third strand is about educating the children in the local community.

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