The Bala Pro
Balas top of the range pro ball – made to the same specs as FIFA Inspected balls – but Bala just don’t want to pay the fees imposed by FIFA for use of their logo (we’d rather pay the producers more). This ball is carefully hand-stitched in 1.5mm PU with 4 polyester backing layers. 8 wing latex bladder. Official size and weight. Available in size 5 only.
The Bala Team
Stay ahead of your game and hone your team skills with these high performance training balls. Hand stitched by our dedicated teams in Sialkot in 1mm thick Japanese PU with a latex bladder. Available in sizes 3 (under 8 years), size 4 (8-14 years) and size 5 (14 and upwards).
The Bala Play
Fancy a kick-about in the park or on the beach with your mates. or to take on holiday? Then this colourful and keenly priced ball is machine stitched in environmentally and person friendly PVC. Available in size 5 only.
Here is what the BALA Website Says:
"This brand new co-operative style organisation was set up to expand the availability and use of ethically produced Fairtrade sports balls (focusing initially on footballs) in the UK and beyond.
The Fairtrade Mark is the most widely recognised ethical label globally and trusted by 89% of UK consumers. A key role of this co-operative is to raise awareness of the issues around Fairtrade sports balls and how they help make a difference in the lives of some of the estimated 40,000 workers in Sialkot, Pakistan (where around 70% of the world’s hand-stitched balls are made).
When a high quality Fairtrade certified football is sold in the UK the buyer is guaranteed that the men and women who made these hand stitched products are paid a fair wage and benefit from fair working conditions and also the additional Fairtrade Premium.
This is a cash sum used for social, economic and environmental development projects decided upon through a democratic process and typically include free healthcare and educational projects for workers and their families and the wider community. Recent stats show that retail sales of Fairtrade certified products as a whole in the UK generated £23 million in Fairtrade Premium. This organisation will ensure that in future the amount benefiting sports ball workers in Pakistan will rise significantly.