YOUNGSTERS from Droitwich schools will be able to play the beautiful game after receiving a gift of Fairtrade footballs from the Droitwich Fairtrade Group.
Thanks to a grant from Droitwich Town Council, the group has given 12 ethically-produced footballs each to St Joseph’s, St Peter’s, Westlands and Chawson first schools.
Droitwich Fairtrade Group supports and encourages Fairtrade in the town, working with local schools, churches and businesses.
The town achieved Fairtrade Town status in 2007 and they continue to run events and sell Fairtrade products.
Recently they were successful in applying for a community grant from the town council which they decided to use to benefit local young people and promote Fairtrade in schools.
The Bala footballs were made in Bangladesh, where 70 per cent of the world’s hand stitched footballs are produced.
Workers making ordinary footballs often work long hours and are not paid enough money to support themselves and their families.
Fairtrade footballs are produced by workers who are paid a living wage and benefit from fair working conditions.
In addition they are paid a Fairtrade Premium, a cash sum used to benefit the whole community, for instance by providing free health care or education.
Emily Bowsher, Droitwich Fairtrade Group Secretary, said: “We believe that children should be playing with footballs, not making them.
“We’re thrilled to be able to use the money given to us by Droitwich Town Council to promote Fairtrade and help local schools.”
All the primary schools in Droitwich have benefited from the footballs, some of which will be used in a tournament with other schools.
Luke Stokes, PE Co-ordinator at St Peters Primary School, said: “We’d like to thank Droitwich Fairtrade Group for their presentation of Bala footballs for the school.
“The children will love playing them and they will be used to help us deliver our broad and balanced curriculum”.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Fairtrade products and the work of the Fairtrade Group can visit the regular Fairtrade stall at the Droitwich Methodist Church every Wednesday from 10am to midday.