Motherwell Football Club has become the latest Scottish Premiership club to provide free sanitary products in its stadium, thanks to its sponsors Paycare.
The Steelmen’s official shorts partner and health and wellbeing partner has sponsored the club’s trial of free sanitary products. They will be available within all 14 of the female toilets in the concourse area at Fir Park.
The campaign will run throughout the season, with the health cash plan organisation contributing towards the initial cost.
Many countries are calling for more support for women from low-income backgrounds who cannot afford basic menstrual products and are victim to ‘period poverty’.
This is said to affect one in 10 women aged 14 to 21 in Britain, and nearly one in five in Scotland.
“As a fan-owned club, we’re immensely proud of our history and our commitment to inclusivity for our fans, visitors and staff alike,” Suzanne Reid, head of commercial and marketing, explained.
“Period poverty is a very real issue impacting many women from lower income families, and it can subsequently have a huge impact on the quality of their day-to-day lives.
“We’re pleased to be launching our trial to freely supply our female visitors with free sanitary products, kindly part-funded by Paycare, our official health and wellbeing partner.
“Feedback so far has been great, and we very much hope to implement it as a permanent benefit within Motherwell Football Club.”
The campaign follows similar initiatives launched by Celtic FC, which introduced free sanitary products within its stadium earlier this year, as well as the Scottish Parliament building, which provides free products for all staff and visitors.
Kevin Rogers, chief executive officer of Paycare, added: “As a health cash plan organisation, we’re passionate about helping individuals access support for services they genuinely need, and we’re humbled to be part of such a vital project which is another step in a positive direction.”
A well-respected and dedicated not-for-profit health cash plan provider, Paycare has helped individuals, families and businesses across the Black Country and Wolverhampton protect themselves against everyday healthcare costs and bills for over 140 years.