Durham Women FC are proud to become the first FA Women’s Championship side to support the #OnTheBall campaign.
The club is pleased to announce that in support of the ‘On The Ball’ campaign, players and fans will now have access to free menstrual products at all home games held at New Ferens Park.
Launched by Celtic FC fans Orlaith Duffy, Erin Slaven and Mikaela McKinley who successfully campaigned for free period products at Celtic Park earlier this year, On The Ball has now reached 40+ clubs generating global interest towards making sporting grounds inclusive for all fans.
In a 2017 survey conducted by Plan International with 14-21 year olds in the UK, findings showed that 40% of women and girls have had to improvise by using toilet roll as they could not afford proper menstrual products.
With a rise in the exposure of period poverty in the UK and the stigma attached to periods being an issue for many women and girls, the availability of menstrual products in public places is now essential.
It shows that menstrual products should be as readily available as toilet roll and soap, whilst also helping normalise what remains to be a taboo subject.
Bethany Suggett, a Durham WFC fan who will be managing the initiative at New Ferens Park, said: “Not only does implementing this campaign show that the club is supporting period poverty, but it also demonstrates the club’s commitment to their fans.
“I see young girls attending home games who have the opportunity to watch and meet their favourite players while dreaming about their aspirations as women footballers, but it’s also about making the environment inclusive. I’m very happy that the club is now on the ball!”