Cricket club gets sporting benefits from environment project
Getting free Pink Batts in its walls has given Waitakere Cricket Club more equipment for members.
It's one of 26 West Auckland sports clubs that have been equiped with energy saving products by the Project Litefoot environmental scheme.
The club which is under $400,000 renovation received more than $7000 worth of free Pink Batts insulation which will cover 350 square metres of the new premises.
The scheme means the cricket club can put more money into sport equipment and uniforms for its members including 9-year-old Massey resident Jack Adlam.
Jack's been involved with the club for three years and is excited to see renovations complete.
"I've made lots of friends through the club and I love the batting side of cricket because I can hit the ball at least once or twice," he says.
Club chairman Greg Hill says money not spent on insulation will go directly to junior sport.
"It will also result in a warmer, drier, more eco-friendly environment," he says.
Project Litefoot makes sure sports clubs are fitted with energy saving light bulbs, water saving devices in loos and taps and a waste management system where rubbish is sorted in different bins.
Co-founder Hamish Reid says it's rewarding seeing communities do their bit in preserving the environment.
"We really wanted to reach out to the grassroots of the sporting community to see if we could get clubs doing little things in their lives.
"It enables clubs to have more money to put jerseys on the backs of kids or develop club facilities," he says.
Renovations to the club include building a second storey on top of the original one level building, a junior lounge where members can relax, a scoring box and kitchen extensions.
Visit liteclub.org to register or for more information.
BY THE NUMBERS
● Liteclub has visited 262 North Island sports clubs and 26 West Auckland clubs to equip them with energy saving devices.
● This has resulted in saving $1.5 million for sport through reducing electricity and water usage.
● Nine million litres of water is saved a year from the initiative, reducing sports club's operating expenses and enabling more money to be spent on developing club facilities.
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