Who are we and what are we about?
Since we started out in 2014, it has been our mission to expand the availability and use of ethically produced, Fairtrade sports balls (focusing initially on footballs, rugby balls and futsals) in the UK and beyond, bringing the Fairtrade message to the sporting world.
The Fairtrade Mark is the most widely recognised ethical label globally and trusted by 89% of UK consumers. A key role of Bala Sport is to raise awareness of the issues around Fairtrade sports balls and how they help make a difference in the lives of some of the thousands of football makers around the world.
When a high quality, Fairtrade-certified football is sold in the UK, the buyer is guaranteed that the men and women who make these hand-stitched products are paid a fair wage and benefit from fair working conditions and also the additional Fairtrade Premium.
This is a cash sum used for social, economic and environmental development projects decided upon through a democratic process, and typically include free healthcare and educational projects for workers and their families and their wider communities.
So far on our journey, the Fairtrade Premium has been used to help fund projects such as free eye care and subsidised glasses, free diabetes checks, free school books and backpacks for workers’ children and free transport to work. The Premium has also part funded larger scale projects such as water purification plants located just outside factory gates so that anyone in the community can take advantage of the free, safe drinking water on offer.
In June 2021, fair trade pioneers, Traidcraft, became custodians of Bala Sport. Traidcraft’s aim is to build upon Bala Sport’s already rich heritage, and continue to grow and develop the forward-thinking company in coming years. To find out more about Traidcraft and what they stand for, check out their website.