Encirc helping players get early introduction to climate change

April 2024
Kinawley coaches Kevin Martin and Barry McManus with some of their young stars of the future after receiving the jerseys from Fiacre O’Donnell, Sustainability Director at Encirc.
Kinawley coaches Kevin Martin and Barry McManus with some of their young stars of the future after receiving the jerseys from Fiacre O’Donnell, Sustainability Director at Encirc.
Kevin Martin pointing out the significance of the stripes to the players.

The young players of Kinawley Brian Borús are the latest team in Fermanagh that will take to the field with an important climate change message on the sleeves of their Encirc sponsored jerseys.

This latest development follows on from Encirc’s collaboration with South West College at the start of the year.

Each stripe represents the average temperature for a single year, relative to the average temperature over the period as a whole; the shades of darker blue show the years that were hotter than average. The stripes on the sleeve of this jersey highlight Northern Ireland’s average temperatures from the 1800s and, as the proliferation of darkening blue stripes show, NI’s temperature is rising in recent years as is the case around the world.

The devastating implications of this temperature rise have dominated our television screens over the last 12 months. Hence, there is a need to act now and to start conversations around the necessity to earnestly tackle climate change.

It is hoped that this innovative and distinctive approach will make a difference to the debate and that more teams, clubs and sports see that this is an initiative worth pursuing.

It is also important that these debates start with our young people, to make them more aware of the dangers of climate change. It is their future we are trying to protect and they will also be the ones who will take this battle forward in the future, making this a very worthwhile partnership with Kinawley GFC.

Sustainability Director at Encirc, a Vidrala Group company, Fiacre O’Donnell commented: “We are delighted to be able to support this initiative again. We want more sports teams to look at using these jerseys with the important climate change message on the sleeves. Well done to Kinawley for being proactive in their approach and isn’t it great to see that young boys and girls will be getting an early introduction in to what climate change is all about through sport.”

Coaches Kevin Martin and Barry McManus were on hand this week with some of their stars of the future to receive the jerseys from Fiacre O’Donnell with Kevin also pointing out the significance of the stripes to the young players.

‘We want more sports teams to look at using these jerseys with the important climate change message on the sleeves. Well done to Kinawley for being proactive in their approach and isn’t it great to see that young boys and girls will be getting an early introduction in to what climate change is all about through sport’

Fiacre O'Donnell

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