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Burnley FC offering free sanitary products

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2:43pm 7th December 2018

Burnley Football Club are offering free sanitary products at Turf Moor.

They say it's to support their female fans and staff, because they believe the products should be free.

The club also want to break the stigma around periods and having to use the products.

48% of girls aged 14-21 are embarrassed, whilst 49% say they've missed an entire day of school because of it.

They also want to highlight the real issue of period poverty.

According to Plan UK, 1 in 10 girls can't afford sanitary products and have to miss school.

Burnley defender Lowton explained his reasons for supporting the campaign:

"I have a young daughter and thought of her having to miss school because she was too embarrassed to talk about something so normal really bothers me.

"I hope that by lending my support to this campaign I can be part of the change that helps to normalise this subject and, eventually, ensures these products are more freely available to girls and women everywhere - not just at Turf Moor."

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Defensive colleague Tarkowski said:

"I wanted to back this campaign because I believe any movement that empowers people - whatever the situation - to feel they can talk openly, free from embarrassment and shame is something to support.

"Reading the statistics around the experiences girls and women have, as well as the shocking facts about those living in poverty, shows that change needs to happen."

The campaign will also provide sanitary products to the food bank element of the Burnley Community Kitchen, which is based in Burnley town centre.

Burnley FC has partnered with the club's official charity, Burnley FC in the Community, and the On the Ball campaign to deliver the scheme.

The On the Ball campaign, founded by three female football fans, aims to lift the stigma around periods and highlight the issue of period poverty.

Mickaela McKinley from On the Ball added:

"We're delighted that Burnley FC are providing free period products for their fans.

"Football clubs are putting periods firmly into public consciousness and helping to normalise the taboo subject of menstruation.

"This move further highlights the inclusive atmosphere at Turf Moor - we hope fans will be proud of the club for making such a forward-thinking change."

Funding for the initiative, kick-started by Lowton and Tarkowski, will continue via the club.

They'll be on offer from the team's next match at home against Brighton and Hove Albion.

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