Edinburgh University People & Planet society celebrated World Fairtrade Day on May 12th with a Fairtrade football tournament on the Meadows. Last tournament’s runners up, the Edinburgh Revue Comedians, returned to take on People & Planet FC and English Literature Society who were making their debut appearance in the world of Fairtrade football.
On a rare sunny day in Edinburgh the three teams took time out from exam revision to compete for prizes of Fairtrade cava, honey ale and chocolates which were kindly donated by Scotmid Cooperative, and Fairtrade Ying Yang footballs donated by Fair Corp. Halftime bananas and brazil nuts were also provided by Equal Exchange.
The Comedians suffered an unlikely early defeat to the tournament’s underdogs, English Literature Society, but regained their composure to win three consecutive games to claim the title. People & Planet FC finished a close second after a couple of tense end-to-end matches, with their vocal support from the sidelines spurring them on to a 5-2 drubbing of Lit Soc.
Thanks to everyone involved and to Fair Corp for providing the Fairtrade Footballs.
Joel Sharples, Edinburgh University Student