Liverpool has become the latest football club to provide free sanitary products for female supporters on match days.
Liverpool offered baskets of feminine hygiene products in Main Stand toilets for recent games against Manchester City, Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff City, and the scheme has now been rolled out across the whole of Anfield.
For yesterday’s (Sunday’s) home fixture against Fulham, all ladies and accessible toilets across Anfield were kitted with either ‘free-vend’ machines or baskets of items.
Liverpool’s HR director Daniel Gallo said: “Period poverty is a very real issue and one that no-one should have to face, so we want to do our bit to help any supporters who may be struggling to access these essential products.
“Free sanitary items will now be available in all female toilets, in all stands at Anfield, at every home game going forward – and supporters can take whatever they need. Menstruation is also still quite a taboo subject, so we hope that talking about it and raising awareness of these issues will help to end period poverty for good.”
Liverpool joins a number of clubs to have backed ‘On the Ball’, a campaign founded by three students aiming to help end period poverty.
On the Ball’s Mikaela McKinley said: “By supporting our campaign and supplying free period products, Liverpool are showing what a forward-thinking and inclusive club they are.
“The support we have received for our campaign, from both club and fans, has been absolutely fantastic – well done Liverpool FC!”
Brighton & Hove Albion recently became the first Premier League club to provide female fans with free sanitary products and a number of teams across the English Football League have since followed suit.
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