Leeds United Supporters’ Trust today announced that in conjunction with a local period poverty charity, Freedom4girls and with the support of Leeds United they are to provide female fans with free sanitary products on match days.
The free menstrual products will be in place for the next home game, Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 13th April. Baskets will be provided in the ladies toilets near the wash area so female fans can help themselves to the products.
Football has traditionally been seen as a male-dominated sport, but the Supporter’s Trust hopes that this initiative will help to educate both male and female supporters on the issues faced by those who menstruate, such as the cost of menstrual products, or simply being caught short and having to ask for products, or use inadequate alternatives.
”Steve White, Chairman of the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust said “It’s important that football clubs are inclusive for everyone, we are pleased that the club have listened to and acted on the feedback. This will hopefully help to begin to break the taboo, stigma and embarrassment that so often leads girls and women in need of sanitary protection to feel ashamed to ask for help – especially when caught short at games.”
Tina Leslie, Founder, Freedom4Girls said “It’s great Leeds United and the Supporters’ Trust is recognising the need to supply menstrual products in their ladies toilets. Supplying all 44 cubicles with products and working with Leeds United Supporters Trust to provide product-filled baskets in the toilet facilities, is a fantastic step forward.
On The Ball, Period Poverty campaigners said “It’s fantastic to have Leeds United onboard with our On The Ball campaign. Football is leading the way on provision of period products and we hope this inspires others to make their spaces just as inclusive as Elland Road now is for female fans. We hope the fans will be just as delighted as we are by this fantastic move.”