Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The footballers of Rumbek donning the Fahy Rovers’ kit in South Sudan

An old kit that was deemed surplus to requirements by a Mayo football club has been given a new lease of life in Africa.

Fahy Rovers AFC’s distinctive black and white striped kit is being put the use and it is being donned by a football team from South Sudan.

The West Mayo club shared the story of how the kit made its way from Fahy to Rumbek on social media.

“Our first team manager and all round club stalwart John Creaby went to very impressive lengths to ensure our old A team kit was reused in a sustainable and responsible manner.

“The old kit was surplus to requirements and instead of dumping 16 perfect usable jerseys John set about to find a way to ensure the kit found a new lease of life elsewhere.

“A little detective & research work locally led John to having a chat with Laura Hastings from Westport who works with a charity in South Sudan.

The Fahy Rovers’ kit being put to the test by the Rumbek footballers in a competitive match

“A quick chat with Laura and the ball was in motion. The Fahy Rovers kit was on its way to Rumbek, South Sudan in Laura’s luggage!

“The kit was gratefully accepted by Sister Orla Tracey who does amazing charity work on the ground in Rumbek, South Sudan, where it was swiftly put to good use.

“Great to see innovative ways to ensure our football kits are put to good use and stay out of landfill.

“Well done to our first team manager John Creaby and all involved who made this happen.”

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