Four years of waiting are over. The World Cup is finally here – and you can put your best foot forward with The Big Issue Shop.
Admittedly, there is not a great deal we can do about England’s grimly inevitable, deflating second round exit. And there is even less we can do about your Spain sweepstake draw after they sacked their manager the day before the tournament.
But if you want bargains that improve the lives of the people who need it both in the UK and globally then we have just the thing for that.
Sports ball workers are not renowned for having the best working conditions – but the game is changing through Fairtrade.
And you can play your part with every purchase of Bala Sport ball from The Big Issue Shop. Their colourful footballs are more familiar with the Homeless World Cup – where they provide the official match ball – than FIFA’s version. But Bala put workers in Jalandhar, India, and Sialkot, Pakistan, first.
As well as better conditions and quality of life, workers are given an extra 10 per cent Fairtrade premium from ball sales to invest in social development projects of their choosing.