Posted on 18/12/2019 in Rhythmic
Scottish Gymnastics has been awarded funding from sportscotland to give 43 clubs £100 each to provide free period products for members.
The £4,300 grant is part of a £50,000 fund awarded to sportscotland by the Scottish Government. By supporting clubs to offer free period products to participants and visitors, the fund supports Scottish Government’s aims to widen the availability of products beyond education and public sector settings.
The investment means members, participants and visitors will be able to access free period products when they need them, so a normal thing like having a period doesn’t get in the way of taking part in sport. Clubs were selected based on areas most likely to need this kind of support.
Jacqueline Lynn, head of school and community sport at sportscotland, said: "Sport has a positive impact on people and communities and sportscotland wants to ensure sport is accessible to all. These grants will help sports clubs across Scotland ensure all members feel included, comfortable and dignified when they take part.”
Steven Maloney, club business manager at Scottish Gymnastics, added: “This funding for our clubs is much appreciated as 85% of our members are female.
“Gymnastics clubs provide a safe, supportive environment for young people from all walks of life to enjoy the activity and what the club and coaches have to offer. As they spend significant amounts of time training and competing at their club they are more likely to discuss issues affecting them and hopefully that helps reduce the stigma of periods and ultimately with the provision of free period products, no-one has to miss out.”
In 2018 Scotland became the first country in the world to provide access to free sanitary products initially in schools, colleges and universities through direct investment from Scottish Government.
This was further enhanced in 2019 with the inclusion of leisure centre and libraries and most recently with this specific initiative supporting sports clubs to offer free products to participants and visitors, widening the availability of products beyond education and public sector settings.
You can find more information, including best practice guides for distributing period products in your setting at Hey Girls – a not for profit social enterprise providing guidance and support to organisations looking to purchase environmentally friendly products. They are also tackling period poverty by providing access to products to low income families.