Euros Success

It was 58 years since Wales had played in a major football tournament and what a return this year!! We at Fair Trade Wales, like the rest of the nation couldn’t be prouder! We had Welsh Fairtrade footballs commissioned to celebrate, and we were out and about during the tournament chatting all things football & Fairtrade. Here’s a little snapshot of what we got up to…

First, a little about footballs…

Almost half of the world’s footballs are hand stitched in Sialkot, Pakistan. Around 40,000 people work in the city’s football making industry, producing tens of millions of footballs annually for multinational companies such as Adidas – providers of the Euro 2016’s official footballs. While production of footballs is the driving economy of Sialkot, the industry has a long history of poor working conditions and low pay. In a sport where top players can earn over tens of million of pounds annually, there is a responsibility to protect workers receiving a low pay.

Have a look at this video from the Fairtrade Foundation as an introduction to Fairtrade footballs…

          Playing Fair: The Story of Fairtrade Footballs

Bala Sport is a UK company that produces Fairtrade Footballs.  Fairtrade guarantees that the men and women who make the products are paid a fair wage, benefit from fair working conditions and receive an additional Fairtrade premium used for social, economic and environmental development projects that typically include free healthcare and educational projects for workers, their families and the wider community.

The first Welsh Fairtrade football…

We were so excited to receive the delivery of our Welsh Fairtrade Footballs from Pakistan earlier in the summer.

Here’s a glimpse of what we got up to with them…

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