This #InternationalWomensDay, we’re proud to share details of our brand-new regional initiative, the Court Short Box, in partnership with @fablittlebag ??
Every year, a huge number of girls step away from sport or physical activity for a number of reasons – one of which is because of their periods. Stigma and shame around periods are still a very real thing, with nearly half (48%) of girls aged 14-21 in the UK being embarrassed by their periods, with period poverty providing an additional barrier to participation.
Puberty can be a really scary time with all sorts of changes happening both physically and emotionally, and currently 7 out of 10 girls avoid being active when on their period. We want to help change this, but we know that change can be difficult.
We’ve designed the Court Short Box to try to address these issues and empower netball clubs to foster an open and inclusive environment where coaches can have honest and important conversations with their athletes about their periods. We want our young athletes to know that they do not need to be embarrassed by their periods, and that netball is a place for them to be unashamedly themselves every day of the week, month and year ??
The Court Short Box is a physical period positivity box that will be available to junior clubs in the London & South East region over the coming months, and consists of the following:
?? Fab Little Bags - a sanitary product disposal method that allows you to get rid of used period products in a dignified way that is environmentally friendly
?? Sanitary products for athletes to use if they’re caught short in training, or who otherwise wouldn’t attend
?? Literature for coaches on ways of fostering inclusive environments, as well as tips on how to adapt your coaching to cater for athletes on their periods
So whether your athletes have been caught short in training, cant afford period products or are too embarrassed to attend training when they’re on – we want to help change that ????
Sign up for the free initiative will be launching soon – watch this space for more details