Kick off for Fair sporting exchange


STUDENTS from London and Sunderland have been celebrating the end of the football season and Fairtrade at a special sporting event.

Students from the University of Sunderland’s London Campus travelled up to Sunderland to meet their fellow students, find out some more about the city, and enjoy a special inter-varsity sports day at the University’s £12m CitySpace.

The exchange was also put together by colleagues from London and Sunderland to celebrate Fairtrade. Many of the students who study at the two campuses are from international background and were keen to support the initiative.

Claire Mather, University Health, Safety and Environment Advisor, said the focus of the event was to help broaden students’ understanding of the work of Fairtrade, but also for them to enjoy the city, and its famous footballing legacy.

She added: “We wanted to raise awareness about Fairtrade between both campuses and highlight that it is not just about tea and coffee – it encompasses a number of other products – including sporting products such as footballs.”

Buying Fairtrade products, from coffee, tea, sugar and flowers to honey, clothing or fruit, helps farmers and producers in developing countries.

As well as discovering more about Fairtrade, and playing a variety of sports – from football to table tennis – the students also enjoyed watching a match at the Stadium of Light, courtesy of the University’s partnership with Sunderland Football Club.

Claire said: “Football is the ‘international language’ of sports, something that the multinational population of the University can relate to.  Many of our students come from countries that produce Fairtrade Foundation Certified products. It is important that they know that the University is a Fairtrade Foundation Accredited University, and that we are continually committed to retaining this accreditation by not only selling Fairtrade Foundation Certified products but also by promoting the Foundation.”

The Fairtrade Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. To find out more about Fairtrade go to: