LET’S ‘FAIRTRADE’ THE WORLD CUP
There are 13 Fairtrade producer countries competing in the 2018 World Cup
Unfortunately, as it’s the FIFA World Cup it won’t be played with Fairtrade certified balls any time soon – unless we can change the game. The reason for that being that FIFA don’t allow any other certification mark on a ball that carries theirs. We can shout about how unfair that is, and we can show our support for Fairtrade and highlight the Fairtrade producer countries taking part in the tournament.
We can simply cheer on and spread the word about Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Senegal, Tunisia and Uruguay. We can enjoy some of the Fairtrade products from those countries when watching their games too, so make sure you well stocked with Fairtrade soft drinks, wine and beer, and other products. The Fairtrade Foundation have produced a great series of Fact Sheets on the producer countries taking part, so you can get clued up on how Fairtrade benefits those countries.
Sadly Pakistan, where not just our Fairtrade footballs but the official World Cup 2018 footballs themselves are made isn’t in the tournament. They certainly are the world’s number one for the manufacture of world class footballs, but as a football playing nation, unfortunately they’re ranked 203 out of 207, they are of course very good at cricket.
The Stoke City premier League Kicks World Cup was played with Fairtrade certified balls from Bala Sport. Schools and Fair Trade Groups get. 30% discount on balls, so why not play your tournament with Fairtrade balls.
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ORGANISE YOUR OWN FAIRTRADE WORLD CUP EVENT
The Fair Trade in Football & Rugby Campaign has some great resources for putting together your own Fairtrade World Cup, check out their website and download the resources. Don’t forget to order your Fairtrade certified footballs now for your tournament. You’ll find all the resources and instructions you need to put together your event on the Campaign website.
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum has also joined forces with the Fair Trade in Football & Rugby Campaign to promote Fairtrade during the World Cup and are offering the chance to have your events featured on their social media.