As part of Basketball South Australia’s Female Participation Strategy, we are now supplying sanitary items in all our BSA-run stadiums and Clubs across the state to help address period poverty, so it is not a barrier to the participation of players.
The Sanitary Starter Kit is an initiative of the Basketball SA Female Participation Strategy. The Sanitary Starter Kit contains pads and tampons so no player needs to feel concerned about getting caught out by their period or can’t afford the products needed to feel confident and comfortable to participate.
Basketball SA CEO, Tim Brenton hopes others will take on Basketball SAs new initiative, “In the future, I would love to see all sporting organisations in South Australia follow our lead and supply sanitary items to players participating in sport.”
Funded by the Basketball SA Female Participation Strategy and a grant from the Office for the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Basketball SA will produce 500 sanitary starter kits to distribute to Clubs across the state. The kits are designed to be kept with team or venue first aid kits. To maintain modesty, a code phrase has been developed, so if someone asks for ‘the first aid kit for Penny’ they would like access to the sanitary kit.
A series of printable posters have also been created to support the education aspect of the initiative. These posters are intended to be displayed in female changerooms and bathrooms in venues where the kits are available. The posters are designed to educate players about periods and let them know how to access products should they need them.
The poster topics include:
- What is a healthy menstrual cycle and can I play sport with my period
- What is an average menstrual cycle and when to see a doctor
- Periods and Performance
Adelaide Lightning player Brooke Basham, who conducts regular come-and-try clinics for the Female Participation Strategy said, “After visiting disadvantaged girls at schools, I think this is a great initiative to help young girls feel more comfortable in the community and when playing sport.
“It might not seem big to some but packs like this will ultimately improve the well-being of individuals who would not have the resources to manage their periods otherwise”.
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