When you nip into the toilet at a public place, the very least you’d expect is complimentary hand-wash. If necessary, some toilet roll.

Thanks to the work at the On The Ball scheme, women attending football matches in Scotland at particular clubs become entitled to free sanitary products.

Stark’s Park, and 15 other Scottish grounds, provide free sanitary towels to female football fans. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

At Raith Rovers, it’s no different. Supporters Liaison Officer Margie Robertson is delighted that this is the case. It seems that the perfect way the club decided to mark International Women’s Day was by highlighting their great work with the On The Ball scheme prior to Rovers’ fixture against Airdrie.

Rovers are the 16th Scottish club to do so. Along with being the 74th club in the UK to become a part of the scheme. Initially started by three female Celtic supporters, the campaign continues to grow from strength to strength. And Robertson couldn’t hide her delight at the Kirkcaldy club doing their bit.

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“We didn’t have anything like that at Stark’s Park so what we’ve done is follow what a lot of clubs have done and have a basket with sanitary products in it,” the Supporters Liaison Officer said.

“I think it’s a fantastic initiative for Raith Rovers.

“I hope that the rest of the Scottish football clubs and English football clubs follow suit.”

Exponential growth

On The Ball joined Twitter in June 2018 and their account now boasts over 3,000 followers. Their growth at such a worthwhile cause has to be admired.

The campaign are available to follow on Twitter – @OnTheBaw (Photo illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Rovers’ SLO was quick to praise the impact both within Scotland and the entire UK: “I’m not quite sure how long On The Ball has been going but if you consider they started off with the Celtic ground and other football clubs have followed suit, it’s exponential and hopefully it carries on till every place has them.”

In less than a year, 74 clubs have scrapped payment fees for sanitary products.

There’s still a long way to go but at the rate the scheme is growing, you wouldn’t be surprised if, in a few years’ time, women don’t have to pay for sanitary products whilst at the football no matter where they are.

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