Empowering communities in Rurka Kalan through sport

adidas and Common Goal team up for an environmental project in India 

India has faced climate shifts, including increased heatwaves and excess water over the past two decades. Punjab's Rurka Kalan, an agrarian region of India, has experienced disrupted farming practices and economic impacts due to prolonged high temperatures and floods. These conditions have led to decreased yields and health risks, particularly among vulnerable groups.  

Youth Football Club Rurka Kalan will work on a multidisciplinary and environmentally focused project in Rurka Kalan, Punjab, India, with the support of Move For The Planet. 

The adverse effects of heat waves and rainfall on physical and mental well-being have resulted in increased stress and anxiety, affecting Punjab's overall quality of life. This project aims to address these challenges by developing a two-phase plan to create a dedicated space for sports, ensuring enjoyment regardless of climate adversities  

Integrated Climate-Resilient Multi-Sports Project:   

The implementation of a climate resilient multi-sport turf incorporating light-coloured grass for minimized heat absorption, and the elevation of the pitch to prevent water accumulation, reducing the risk of flooding and water-related damage.  

This space includes a rooftop rainwater harvesting system and a climate-resilient shed for sustainability. The infrastructure will then be an indoor offer for the practice of various sports activities. The project also involves the strategic placement of native plants in the area to cultivate biodiversity, aiding in managing excess water and promoting a balanced environment.  

Education on environmental sustainability through sports:   

For a long-lasting change and positive impact beyond the lifespan of the project, the programme promotes education on sustainability through experiential learning. This takes centre stage as it infuses climate education into sports activities, fostering a deep and practical understanding of climate change for around 3,000 participants.   

There will be sports sessions focusing on tackling climate knowledge gaps and then the implementation of an Activity-Based Curriculum (ABC) to integrate climate themes into sports, using various mediums for immersive learning.