Fairtrade kicks off

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HAVE you got a budding Beckham in your family? Is your offspring a regular Rooney?

Then you should take them along to Woodfarm football pitches this Friday to take part in East Renfrewshire council’s Fairtrade football festival.

The council-run event is helped by East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce along with SFA-trained coaches.

Participants must be 16 years or over and can be male or female.

The games will start at 3pm with squads from the council, voluntary organisations and local businesses all welcome to attend to try and win the Fairtrade trophy.

The event is to highlight Fairtrade fortnight — running from February 25 to March 10 — and each game will use Fairtrade footballs which is to focus on the plight of children who are forced to work in Pakistan making 75 per cent of the world’s footballs.

Environment convener councillor Vincent Waters said: “We are seeking players either in 5s (plus two subs) or individuals to contest last year’s winners from the ERC 11s team.

“The aim of the festival is to raise awareness of Fairtrade issues with council staff and the business community and it will be the ideal, informal networking opportunity — as well as a fun event with a serious message.”

East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce president John Hamilton added: “Last year’s festival was well supported and a great success.

“Football is a good way of bringing people together in a sociable way, but also encouraging team work and new relationships across the council and business community.”