Barry Town United’s Pan Disability Football Festival was this year played with Fairtrade footballs donated by Barry Town Council and players refreshments of Fairtrade bananas, donated by Waitrose.
Manager Neil Latham thanked Barry Town Council and Waitrose for their support for the festival, which included 26 clubs and 178 players of all abilities from across south, west and central Wales.
Explaining the background to the event, Barry Town United Pan Disability football manager, Neil Latham, said:
“Barry Town Pan Disability has been in existence for many years.
“Pan Disability means that our players have differing disabilities but play together. Some of our players have a physical condition and others have learning disabilities or maybe both. We try to achieve an environment where all players with disabilities can come and train/play with like-minded players.
“The festival was lucky enough to have a couple of new sponsors, Fair-Trade Bala footballs were supplied by Barry Town Council and Waitrose supplied some Fair-Trade bananas for the players. The balls and bananas were well received and were much appreciated by everyone who took part.”
Barry Town Council Fairtrade Committee Chair, Cllr Ian Johnson, presented the matchballs before the tournament began.
Cllr Ian Johnson said:
“Barry Town Council were pleased to support the pan disability football festival with Fairtrade footballs, made by Bala Sport.
“To become a Fairtrade football, the balls must be made by workers earning a fair rate of pay and in safe working conditions. Child labour is not allowed.
“By supporting participation in sport and physical activity, this meets Barry Town Council’s commitments to ‘a healthier Barry’ as part of the Wellbeing of Future Generations.”
Fairtrade Fortnight begins on 25th February until 10th March, with events taking place across the Vale of Glamorgan.