Football focus on fair trade in Midlothian

Midlothian will take a step closer to achieving Fairtrade zone status today (Friday) when county students meet with Fairtrade football pioneer Jamie Lloyd.

Jamie - whose company Fair Corp imports footballs and other sports balls which are Fairtrade certified - meaning that the stitchers in Pakistan get a fair return for their work as well as other benefits - will be at Bonnyrigg’s Hopefield Primary School to present the winners of a Fairtrade football tournament with a specially donated trophy. He will then stop off at Lasswade High School to speak to pupils and staff before heading to Dalkeith to address a lunchtime meeting at the St Nicholas Buccleuch coffee shop.

Jamie will also go to Newbattle Abbey College, where students and staff are exploring the possibility of becoming only the second college in Scotland to achieve Fairtrade status.

Finally, Jamie will visit Penicuik Athletic FC to present them with some Fairtrade footballs and also meet with Midlothian Provost Adam Montgomery.

Full story in this week’s Advertiser - out now.