Nailsworth Youth Club helps tackle child labour with Fairtrade football
A YOUTH club is helping to tackle child labour by playing with a Fairtrade football.
The ball was presented to Nailsworth Youth Club to raise awareness of the exploitation of workers in Pakistan.
It was made by a Fairtrade organisation in Sialkot where it is estimated around 60 percent of the world's footballs are made.
Fairtrade says industry wages are often very low and have created footballs where all workers receive at least the national minimum wage with no child labour involved.
Nailsworth Fairtrade Town Steering Group gave the youth club the ball as part of Fairtrade Fortnight - a national awareness campaign.
Sue Nicholson, coordinator of the group, said: "The youngsters were really interested in what we had to say about the origins of their Fairtrade football and we were most impressed with both their understanding and enthusiasm for the principles of Fairtrade."