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RREPP's Fairtrade Sports Balls - Conquering Exploitation !

It's an uncomfortable topic to talk about. Yet child labour and adult exploitation, even today, remains a scourge on the sports ball manufacturing industry worldwide. And even though reports through the media surface occassionally exposing the industry for what it is, in a world full of injustices, the issue generally gets swept under the carpet as community uproar subsides back into complacency. 

Yet for RREPP, conquering exploitation will always remain front and centre within our business objectives. We live in a very lucky country, and even though it's probably not a question Schools and Sporting Clubs ask themselves very often, perhaps the discussion of ethical purchasing should be a hotter topic than what it presently is. 

Sport is something that we tell our kids is about fairness. It's something that whatever the differences are between communities and cultures across the world, the sporting field is a place where everyone is equal. It's a shame that this Fairness and Equality doesn't extend to the people, their families and communities in far away places who make the equipment we all love playing with.

So if you want your students or players enjoying sport with all its wonderful core values intact, why not also ensure it's not at the cost of someones elses freedom or basic rights. You can do this by purchasing Fairtrade certified Match quality sports balls from RREPP, where a percentage of every purchase also goes back to communities in need. 

So if you would like to know more about how to get involved, then simply contact Scott at scott@rrepp.com.au. And ask about our 20% discounts for larger orders, plus our FREE ball branding offer for Schools and Sporting Clubs wanting to professionally add their logos. A great social justice initiative your Sponsors may even like to get involved in - coz the planet's watching !

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au

Image 1 Courtesy of Fairfax Media: Kids should be in School - not stitching sports balls.

Posted in for the love of sport on Sunday 17th March 2019

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Sports Balls That Shine A Light On Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility isn't just what big business should be incorporating into their business models. It should also extend well beyond into Smaller Enterprises, Trades, Local Businesses, Universities, Schools and Sporting Clubs. And big budgets are in no way a prerequisite for getting involved and making a difference.

Ethical purchasing is one of the easiest ways for any organisation to start making a positive impact. As most people know who receive our newsletters, RREPP for a number of years has been waving the Fairtrade banner in regards to sports ball production. Of the 10's of thousands of sports ball producers world wide in countries such as China, India, Vietnam, Pakistan and others, we work with one of only four Fairtrade certified manufacturers in existence.

What most of us do not realise is that the vast majority of sports balls globally are made under exploitive conditions. And yes child labour continues to remain a major issue in this industry. It is just hidden away as an unspoken truth, and 'white washed' under the glitz of clever marketing and convincing 'feel good' branding initiatives. No one ever talks about their supply chains and the people making their products, because it never aligns the image wishing to be portrayed ! 

No one talks about the working conditions of sports ball stitchers, wages, gender equality, safety, the ability of workers to put food on the table or send their kids to school. The basic necessities that we all take for granted. 

RREPP over the past 5 years has put these things at the forefront of our business model and we are now producing the Fairest, most ethically made, highest quality sports balls in the whole of Australia bar none. As well as giving back to the communities we support via every purchase made. 

We understand that changing suppliers is never easy. Yet supporting a business like RREPP that supports ethical trade which then helps empower entire communities, will take your purchasing power as a School or University or Sporting Club to a whole new level. Plus it is something that your own local communities will be able to embrace and be proud of. And all of this simply achieved through your regular sports ball purchasing policies. 

RREPP is now putting together our second ordering cycle for Schools and Sporting Clubs throughout Australia, for delivery in time for pre season training in 2019. The deadline for putting in an order is 15th NOVEMBER.  And no matter how big or small your order is, we will be offering a 20% DISCOUNT off our regular retail prices to EVERYONE who wants to get involved. Check out our range of Fairtrade Certified Match Balls HERE . We have you covered across 6 different sporting codes.   

And we are not just selling you a sports ball, we are selling you JUSTICE, and what you will be buying into is someone else's FREEDOM. All packaged up into a humble Sports Ball that your players will feel proud to be playing with. So why not meet with your decision makers NOW and consider making the SWAP to Fairtrade in 2019  - coz the planet's watching !

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au

Posted in for the love of sport on Wednesday 31st October 2018

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If It's Not FAIRTRADE It's Not Fair Play !

Every September we put together our Sports Ball orders for Schools across Australia to ensure deliveries in time for the start of the new School Year in 2019. We have a growing number of Schools who through their understanding of the RREPP story, are now thinking beyond the major Brands, and focusing more on the individuals who make our products, their families, and the communities in which they live. 'Work Poverty' is a real issue in developing countries where lower paid workers such as Sports Ball stitchers and garment makers, still cannot put enough food on the table or send their kids to school, due to unacceptable working conditions.

The bigger brands in the Sports Ball industry are well known. Yet exactly where they sit in the 'Fair Play' stakes when it comes to the people who make their products is debatable ?

RREPP's No Blood, No Sweat, No Tears promo video below, in just 60 seconds invites everyone to think more deeply about the impact of their purchasing. Turning a blind eye to worker exploitation & child labour in the quest for cheaper products, will never play a part in creating a better world for the millions of families who continue to live in poverty. Our Global Communities, who are rarely given a voice, deserve so much more than this.

RREPP's challenge to all Schools throughout Australia is to support Fairtrade. And not by just talking about Fairtrade, yet by also taking action through the sourcing and purchasing of Fairtrade certified products wherever possible. Our deadline for Schools for putting in orders for our Match quality Fairtrade Sports Balls (Soccer / Netball / Rugby / Touch / League / Futsal) for 2019 deliveries is before the end of 3rd Term in September.

So is your local School ready to take up the challenge and start supporting 'Fair Play' both on and off the field ? The ball is in your court !

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au

Posted in for the love of sport on Sunday 2nd September 2018

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RREPP 'Represents' at Rugby's Bingham Cup Netherlands

Have you heard of the Sydney Convicts Rugby Union Football Club ? Or the Bingham Cup for that matter ?

The Convicts were formed in 2004 and are Australia's first gay and inclusive Rugby Club. They are committed to building a competitive, social and diverse team who welcome players from all levels of experience. Whilst their primary aim is to enjoy the great game of rugby in a prejudice free environment, as part of their journey they have also broken down barriers and challenged stereotypes, not just on the rugby field, yet also in the wider community.

The Convicts are presently over in Amsterdam competing in the Bingham Cup which is held every 2 years, and is recognised as the world championship of gay and inclusive men's and women's rugby. It kicks off today and runs through until the 10th June, bringing together more than 1600 players from over 60 different clubs, from all over the world. 

The Convicts, who have won the Bingham Cup on 4 seperate occassions, have taken across to Amsterdam a number of RREPP's Fairtrade certified Match Rugby Balls to train with throughout the tournament, in support of community, sustainability and inclusiveness. The team have just had their Captain's run before taking the field today for their first round of matches. Check out the quick clip we have just uploaded onto our Facebook page showing RREPP's Match Ball and the players being put through their final paces www.facebook.com/rrepp-407398129306462 .

RREPP wishes coach Peter Hammond and the Sydney Convicts all the best for a fantastic tournament. And who knows, maybe even a 5th Cup Victory come Grand Final day on the 10th June #breakingdownthebarriers #coztheplanetswatching

Posted in for the love of sport on Friday 8th June 2018

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Ethically Made Sports Balls Backing Communities


RREPP believes you perform better when your conscience is clear ! That's why every single one of our Sports Balls are manufactured to strict Fairtrade and ethical standards, protecting not only the planet, but also those who live on in. 

It means Fairer working conditions for workers overseas, safer work place practices, gender equality and respect, no child labour, with contributions also going back to communities in need. Our business model is unique, and in complete contrast to the majority of major sports ball suppliers and brands throughout the world.

SO THIS IS OUR FORMAL CALL OUT. If your school or sporting club would like to start considering making a more ethical choice in its sports ball purchasing for 2019, then we would love to hear from you. We start putting together all our orders for early 2019 deliveries from August through to November. We know it is always hard to leave a regular supplier, so as an added incentive RREPP is offering all Schools and Sporting Clubs some great offers to make SWAPPING to Fairtrade just that little bit easier:

1) A 20% DISCOUNT off all our Fairtrade Sports Balls for Schools and Sporting Clubs.

2) This discount applies to all our 6 sporting codes - Soccer, Rugby Union, Netball, Rugby League, Touch Football and Futsal

3) All our sports balls have recently been upgraded to even higher tier Match Ball standards. Hand stitched for quality, with International FIFA Quality Pro hi tech thermally bonded balls included in our Soccer range.

4) 15% of all purchases are contributed back to support our producer, as well as numerous community based social justice initiatives

5) And for all orders over 100 balls per sporting code, we can professionally brand each ball with your School, Sporting Club or Sponsorship logos, FREE OF CHARGE.

So is your School or Sporting Club ready to join our growing community who have decided to play FAIR both on and off the field ? To find out more, simply contact Scott Goddard at scott@rrepp.com.au - coz the planet's watching.


Posted in for the love of sport on Monday 28th May 2018

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