Goa Khabar: Fairtrade India presented an award to the Forca Goa Foundation recently to recognize them as the first organization in India to make a commitment to the Fairtrade footballs. The victory of the first home game of the season against Mumbai City FC was also the kickstart of the Fairtrade football revolution in India.
Fairtrade is a global movement that aims to gives consumers the power to make informed choices that change lives. When you choose a Fairtrade India certified product, you know that the farmers and workers who grow and make your food, fashion or footballs were treated fairly.
Forca Goa Foundation aims to bring Goa together through football and is transforming Goa, one football field at a time. Through football, the Foundation aims to mobilize, empower and connect communities across Goa and the foundation trains many children across the fields in Goa about football. Forca Goa Foundation has committed to source all the footballs they will be using in their academy, coaching or training from a Fairtrade certified factory. Through these fairer choices, Forca Goa Foundation will be empowering a community of workers who hand stitch INDPro footballs in a Fairtrade India certified factory in Ludhiana. By choosing the fairer football alternative Forca Goa Foundation is ensuring that the footballs are made at factories that follow Fairtrade social and environmental sustainability standards. This means that the workers who stitch them have access to good working conditions, fair wages, right to form associations and unions and a Fairtrade Premium.
The fans of the Foundation can also show their support to the movement and join Fair Play with these Fairtrade footballs. The footballs will be sold during the team matches in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa and you can get one straight to your house by sourcing them from this link: http://forcagoa.org/shop
On the 25th October, the coaches from the Forca Goa foundation attended a Fairtrade Workshop at the FC Goa House to learn about how their footballs were made. Across the next month, the 16 coaches who attended the workshop will be taking this awareness to over 1500 children.