Brentford Women’s Football Club team up with the Trust’s Community Engagement Department, to announce period boxes at all our free community sessions
This week is period poverty awareness week and we at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust together with Brentford Women’s Football Club, are pleased to announce a brand-new initiative for girls participating in our community sessions.
As this week is period poverty awareness week, our Female Football Development Coordinator Amber Lloyd, the Community Engagement department and the London Marathon Charitable Trust have teamed up with Brentford Women’s Football Club to promote the inclusion of period boxes, at all our free community sessions in the boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond, and Spelthorne.
For a significant number of females, the lack of access to sanitary products due to financial difficulties continues to be a challenge when taking in sports. Recent research from Plan-UK shows that 3 in 10 girls struggled to afford or access sanitary products during lockdown. At Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, we have pledged to ensure sanitary products are accessible for all our participants, also available to take home.
Karleigh Osbourne head coach of the women’s team pledged his support to the initiative stating that “At Brentford Women’s Football Club we want to support all our players making them feel confident & comfortable in the Brentford Women’s FC environment. Working closely with the Communities Engagement programme at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust we are now able to have a period box for us to take to every game and have present at training which provide some essentials for our player should they ever need them. This is our way of showing support & hopefully making all our players and staff feel a little more comfortable and relaxed when at the club while also helping our male staff be more aware around some of needs of our players. It is a great idea and something that should be in place at all clubs within the women’s game.
Brentford Women’s first team captain Mollie Holmes also shared her thoughts “I think this is a great idea! It shows support for females currently participating in sports and will hopefully mean that future participants will not be deterred from participating. I love that we can be open and honest about topics that young girls may have been embarrassed about. Having made appearances at a few of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s Community Engagement sessions it is clear to see that the numbers for girls’ sessions is increasing and hopefully this initiative will bring in even more girls!”
Find out where your closest free Community Engagement session is here: https://www.brentfordfccst.com/community-engagement-sessions/