SANDYLANDS Sports Centre has received a silver award in the International Green Apple Environment Awards.

At a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament, in London, last week, Sandylands centre manager Daile Coope, and vice chairman and lead member for fundraising Roger Beck, were presented with the award in the sport and leisure category.

Mr Beck said: “Sandylands Sports Centre, the main provider of community-led sport and recreational facilities in Craven, is very proud to receive this silver award for its solar panels, biomass system and LED lighting throughout the sports centre, including the floodlighting to the all-weather pitch.

“As a result, it has not only significantly reduced its carbon footprint but at the same time has contributed to the over-all viability of the self-help registered charity.”

Sandylands Sports Centre has demonstrated significant environmental best practice since 2011.

The management team says all the schemes (totalling £227,256) are quantifiable and show both initiative and innovation.

Environmental best practice has been achieved in carbon reduction, lighting efficiency, pollution and emission reduction, energy management, renewable heat, energy saving and fuel efficiency.