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ollowing the installation of a SportsArt Green System® at the Spectrum Leisure Centre in the UK back in December last year,


the centre has reported that the system paid dividends in the first three months. It works by harnessing exercise power and converting this into usable energy Ian Hirst, chairman of Slam, the charity


that runs the Spectrum Leisure Centre said: “This is very exciting as we were the first centre to purchase the new SportsArt Green System® and can state that it has been a great success. We can report energy savings of £600 ($961 E710) over that short period of time. “At the centre, we strive to be innovative in the way we operate and constantly look to reduce our carbon footprint. The new SportsArt Green System® has provided the technology to assist us in supporting the environment and the community we serve.” The new power-generating gym equipment uses its members’ exertions to produce power. At Spectrum, a pod of


The energy provided by the members – and the equipment – can save facilities money


10 SportsArt elliptical trainers and bikes attached to an inverter harnessess the power from exercise and feeds it back into the power grid as usable energy. This can save facilities significant amounts of money in energy costs over the year. “This green equipment is the stepping stone for us to introduce more traditional styles of renewable energy through energy efficient LED Lighting, Solar PV and Biomass boilers. This product sits with these technologies in helping us help the environment and the community we work with,” continued Hirst. SportsArt Fitness’ managing director


Mark Turner says: “One of the biggest costs for any sports or health and fitness facility is electricity and these new exercise


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lmwood Golf Club in Cupar, Fife, Scotland, has been awarded golf’s international ecolabel – GEO Certification.


The club, built on previously fertile


agricultural land, has established itself as not just a golf club but also a training centre and a centre of excellence for sustainability in golf. The sought-after GEO Certified ecolabel


is awarded to courses which work through the free OnCourse sustainability support programme and fulfil criteria covering nature; water; energy; supply chains; environmental quality and communities.


machines are the perfect way of tackling and reducing those bills. “SportsArt Fitness designed and built


the Green System® and we are now at a point where these machines are viable and proving to be environmentally friendly, energy efficient and providing gyms with considerable energy cost savings. The new pieces of equipment include recumbent bikes, upright bikes and elliptical trainers – all capable of producing up to 2,000 watts an hour and more importantly, cost the same as other SportsArt machines. “With Spectrum Leisure’s evidence


of energy savings, we believe this will encourage other gyms and sports facilities to consider our Green System for increased efficiencies and reduced costs.” l


Some of the practical measures


undertaken at Elmwood include the creation of more than 2ha (4.9 acres) of new ecological grasslands; the reuse of artificial turf from St Andrews University sports pitches; and the use of timer-controlled lighting for driving range and car park. The club also has established an outreach programme for local school children. l


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