Volleyball clubs help tackle period poverty

Scottish Volleyball has been awarded funding from sportscotland to give 3 clubs £100 each to provide free period products for members.
Following an application process last year, the following 3 clubs have been awarded funding from sportscotland to provide free period products for its members:

City of Edinburgh Volleyball Club

NUVOC Volleyball Club

Edinburgh Beach Volleyball Club

The £300 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.”

Since this funding was announced, Scotland has become the first country in the world to make sanitary products free for everyone in all public settings.  This a fantastic step towards a positive cultural change to remove the stigma associated with periods and it is great that sports clubs are able to play a very key role in this within their local community.

Lynne Beattie, Regional Development Officer at Scottish Volleyball said:

We are delighted that some of our clubs have received this support, helping them contribute toward this positive change in culture and reduction in stigma to help ensure our sport is inclusive and accessible to all.’