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Who are we and what are we about?
Bala Sport is a co-operative set up 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.
The Fairtrade Mark is the most widely recognised ethical label globally and trusted by 89% of UK consumers. A key role of this co-operative 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 estimated 40,000 sports balls workers in Sialkot, Pakistan (where around 70% of the world’s hand-stitched balls are made). Our Fairtrade rugby balls are made in a newly certified Fairtrade factory in Jalandhar across the border in India.
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 the wider community.
One of the key aims of Bala Sport is to ensure that in future the amount of Fairtrade Premium benefiting sports ball workers in Pakistan will rise significantly.
The Fairtrade Premium is used to help fund projects like free eye care and subsidised glasses, free diabetes checks, free school books and backpacks for workers’ children and free transport to work. The Premium also part funds larger scale projects such as water purification plants located just outside the factory gates so that anyone in the community can take advantage of the free, safe drinking water on offer.
Bala Sport is the trading name of Fair Trade Sports Balls Ltd registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a community benefit society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registration number 2788RS. Read the Rules of the Society.