Bowls Scotland awarded extra funding to provide clubs with free sanitary products

Bowls Scotland are delighted to announce that we have been awarded extra investment from sportscotland to provide 50 clubs with funding to purchase period products for female members.

The £5,000 grant will be distributed across clubs covering Scotland to help more people feel they are included and welcome to take part in club and community sport. This is part of a £50,000 fund that the Scottish Government awarded sportscotland.

By supporting clubs to offer free 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.

This will allow bowlers to have access to free period products when they are participating, so 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 bowls 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 in club and community sport.”

Bowls Scotland Empowering Women Director, Arlene Ewing, said: “We are thankful for this investment that has been awarded to us from sportscotland. This extra support will undoubtedly be a big help to bowling clubs and their female members throughout Scotland.  Our main aim is for women to enjoy bowls and be comfortable within clubs, so this is a step in the right direction towards achieving this. We don’t want a normal thing such as having your period to get in the way of people taking part in bowls.”

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