From scarf to mask

first_imgSoccer, like many other aspects of life, will take time to return to being the way we left it before the serious health crisis that plagued the world. The clubs, as it is being seen in Germany, already use new methods in the first training sessions on the return: avoiding contacts, small groups… It will be the first step, that of the players returning to normality. There will be matches behind closed doors, although over time it will also begin to allow fans to enter the stadiums to gradually regain normality. It is there, in the return of the hobbies, where the initiative promoted by Upcycool: use personalized hygienic masks. Just as scarves color the stands, the same would happen with masks, turning an exceptional situation into an opportunity to cheer on your teams.Upcycool is a Spanish company that was born in October 2019 to provide a solution to a problem that the vast majority of sports clubs have with surplus past equipment (shirts, pants …). They transformed them into backpacks, purses or personalized toiletry bags, turning those surpluses into recycled products. Now, in the face of the coronavirus crisis, they started this initiative: to manufacture personalized hygienic masks for teams. When the stadium doors are reopened for the public, it is normal for Health to impose preventive measures, among which it is foreseeable that the use of masks will be recommended. The idea is to distribute them at the entrances to the stadium, when the fans pass the control lathes. So, even if some bring theirs from home, in the field everyone will go with the personalized mask with the colors and the shield of their team. This will soften a reality that will be very strange for followers. “Personalized masks will make an anomalous situation more bearable for fans”, tells AS Diego Murugarren, co-founder of Upcycool. The company, like so many others in Spain, contacted the Government to manufacture and donate masks that have already been distributed in different hospitals and residences. As a result, the idea appears, when the crisis passes, customize 100% polypropylene face masks recycled to commercialize them between the soccer clubs, thinking about the return to normality.ReceptionThere are three First Clubs (Getafe, Leganés and Eibar) that have already transferred their interest in obtaining these masks, pending the approval of their purchase. “The reception of the idea among the clubs is being magnificent”, deepens Murugarren. Similarly, others such as Villarreal, Athletic, Real Sociedad or Valencia have received the proposal, are studying it and also see it with good eyes. They are new ideas to face the different reality that soccer is going to find …last_img read more