Scottish Hockey awarded funding to provide free period products at clubs
Scottish Hockey has been awarded funding from sportscotland to give clubs £100 each to provide free period products for members.
Stepps; Kelburne; Rottenrow Bluesox; Uddingston; Western Wildcats; Clydesdale; North Clubs; and Kinross have been chosen for the funding as they either have their own facility, or access the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
The North Clubs are a combination of Granite City Wanderers; Aberdeen HC; Gordonians; and Ellon.
The £800 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 aims to support the Scottish Government’s aims to widen the availability of products beyond education and public sector settings.
The investment will allow people to have access to free period products when they are participating in sport, so people feel included and welcome to take part in club and community sport and no one has to miss out.
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.
“It is important we continue to celebrate female participation across our world-class sporting system and make sure everyone feels they belong and are welcome to participate.”
Scottish Hockey’s West Regional Development Manager Katie Brown said, “It is essential that ample sanitary products are available to all female participants so they can manage their periods with confidence and remove what is an unnecessary barrier to taking part. As part of our Changing Lives approach this funding will help some of our clubs ensure all members, volunteers and spectators feel included, comfortable and dignified when participating.”
Clare McWilliams, President at Rottenrow Bluesox Ladies, said, “As a club committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for women of all abilities and from all backgrounds to play hockey, we are proud and delighted to be part of this initiative. We believe our sport can play a key role in improving health and well-being and we look forward to this initiative helping others, including those that have never tried hockey before, to pick up a stick and get involved.”
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