SRFC PROVIDES FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS AT TALLAGHT STADIUM
Shamrock Rovers is pledging its support for the On The Ball campaign and Homeless Period Ireland, which aims to ensure sanitary products for female supporters are provided free of charge in football grounds.
The club is working with these organisations to ensure relevant products are available free of charge in female toilets across Tallaght Stadium from now on.
On The Ball was founded by three UK female football supporters in 2018 with the aim of overcoming the stigma around periods and to tackle the issue of period poverty.
Research indicates that 10% of women and girls unable to afford sanitary wear, with a further 15% struggling with the cost. In Ireland, 50% of girls aged 12-19 responded to say they have experienced issues in paying for sanitary products, according to Plan International.
Rovers will become the first club in Ireland to show their support for this campaign.
Speaking for Shamrock Rovers FC, club official Mark Lynch said: “We are proud to be supporting the On The Ball and its sister organisation, Homeless Period Ireland, at Shamrock Rovers. We know affordability and accessibility to sanitary products can be a real challenge for so many girls and women, with a number of related economic, social and emotional effects. We want to build on our long-term efforts to make our games at Tallaght Stadium more accessible, more diverse and more inclusive and we think that providing free sanitary products to those who need them is an important step forward.”
Claire Hunt from Homeless Period Ireland, said: “We are delighted that Shamrock Rovers have come on board with the On The Ball campaign by being the first League of Ireland club to offer free sanitary products in female facilities. Period poverty is a real issue in Ireland. By having a club with such distinction as Shamrock Rovers lead the way by supplying free sanitary products to female supporters at Tallaght stadium helps break down barriers and normalises a basic women’s health subject. We thank Shamrock Rovers for their support and wish them continued success for what has been a fantastic start of the season both on and off the pitch”
To find out more about Homeless Period Ireland an On The Ball and the campaign’s progress, please follow @HomelessPeriodD and @OnTheBaw on Twitter.