Slough Town Football Club is pleased to have joined the ‘On The Baw’ campaign, and will now provide free period products in the ladies’ toilets at Arbour Park, starting with yesterday’s match against Oxford City.
The campaign was started by Erin, Orlaith and Mikaela, three Celtic fans who have been working since May 2018 to encourage football clubs to provide free period products at their grounds, and believe that period products should be free and accessible everywhere - just like toilet roll and soap.
Erin, Orlaith and Mikaela started working with Celtic, and after a few weeks were successful in getting period products made free and accessible at Celtic Park. After their success with Celtic, they created On The Baw - a grassroots, fan-led campaign which works to empower other fans to make change at their own football club. Change for fans, by fans.
Currently, there are over 100 #OnTheBall clubs spanning across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Brazil and the USA. People have shown that football, a typically male-dominated environment, can be a platform for good, playing a huge part in changing social attitudes on issues including on the taboo subject of menstruation.
Period poverty is an issue that many are facing and we are pleased to be able to help use football as a platform to highlight this.
The following statistics, from girls’ rights charity Plan International UK, are the only current UK-wide quantitative estimate of the extent of period poverty in the UK.
• One in ten girls (10 per cent) have been unable to afford sanitary wear
• One in seven girls (15 per cent) have struggled to afford sanitary wear
• One in seven girls (14 per cent) have had to ask to borrow sanitary wear from a friend due to affordability issues
• More than one in ten girls (12 per cent) has had to improvise sanitary wear due to affordability issues
• One in five (19%) of girls have changed to a less suitable sanitary product due to cost
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