Greenwood Academy pupils have invested in a Fairtrade company that make footballs.

Pupils tested out the ball for Fairtrade Fortnight – which ran from February 25 to March 10, after taking interest in ethical products a step further and investing in a Fairtrade company.

Greenwood teacher D ebbie Wils on said: “During our Fairtrade journey to ‘Fair trade Achiever’ status our school Fairtrade Ambassadors took an interest in Fairtrade footballs and set about finding out how ethical footballs were made and whether the people making them got a fair deal.”

“They made the decision to become part of Glasgow based Bala Spor t by buying shares and ensuring our school had involvement in a Fair trade company. They have since purchased lots of footballs which are used across our school and have even involved Al Johnson a football freestyler to highlight Fairtrade Footballs in our school.”

Bala is Gaelic for ball, and Bala Sport was founded in Glasgow in 2014 – the only one in the UK to be licensed by the Fair Trade Foundation to sell Fairtrade balls for fo otball, r ugby, and Futsal, with plans for netballs and volley balls.