Brighton & Hove Albion is set to provide female fans with free sanitary products at the Amex Stadium in what will mark a first for the Premier League.
The Guardian reported that the south-coast club has committed to providing products on the back of the ‘On the Ball’ campaign, which has been launched by three female supporters of Scottish Premiership club Celtic.
According to the Guardian, fellow Premier League clubs Liverpool and Everton are also exploring the possibility offering free sanitary products in women’s toilets at Anfield and Goodison Park, respectively.
The move comes after League One team Barnsley was praised on social media earlier this month for providing free sanitary products at Oakwell during its game against AFC Wimbledon.
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The On the Ball campaign has been backed by 13 clubs across the UK, according to the Guardian. One of the campaign’s founders, Mikaela McKinley, said: “I think it takes us back to the role football clubs have a part in the community beyond football. A lot of smaller clubs were quick to come on board because they’re perhaps a bit more in tune with what their fan base wants. But in terms of visibility it’s great to have a Premier League club on board.”
She added: “We don’t want to force any clubs to do anything but we want to empower supporters to encourage their clubs to provide free sanitary products either by making existing dispensing machines free of charge or by making boxes of tampons and sanitary towels available. It’s our experience that they will only be used in emergencies anyway.”
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