A fan movement is taking the UK by storm, and a group of Celtic fans are at the centre of this storm.
Only recently the trio of ladies from On The Baw (can be found on twitter @OnTheBaw) did an enlightening interview for the 20 Minute Tims podcast (who I mentioned in the top Celtic podcasts recently; you can find them at @20MinuteTims) speaking about an important topic and answering some of the questions fans have about it.
Speaking about female hygiene products and women’s health is certainly something that a lot of guys feel totally comfortable about, but this is 2019 and it’s good that issues like this are being discussed at last. It should never have taken this long.
I have to be honest, I found the discussion fascinating.
This is certainly a topic that I didn’t have much of an opinion on. As a guy it didn’t impact me, but the ladies managed to convey the importance of it very well and their campaign is most certainly worth of all our support.
The interview was a real eye opener and their push for the football club they support to supply women’s hygiene products in the same way they supply toilet paper or soap led actually led to Celtic being the first club in the UK to supply sanitary products for free in the ladies’ bathrooms in the stadium; it is incredible, actually, that no club did this before now.
But this trio of girls, Mikaela, Erin and Orlaith, could not have imagined how this would inspire other fans around the UK and other clubs to follow suit. But that’s exactly what has happened, as clubs around the country have reached out them to inquire about the logistics of all this and how it could be done for their own female fans.
It should be a source of real pride to our entire support that our female supporters have taken such a huge lead on a national issue like this.
I would recommend anyone who is interested or has any questions to give the podcast a listen for free.
The ladies themselves are very open to chatting; if you have any further questions feel free to send them a tweet with the twitter handle @OnTheBaw.
For me this is a fantastic initiative and it would be great if more football clubs could take up. On top of everything else, it is great to see a grassroots movement prove that fans still have power at their clubs. More of this please. Much more.
Ross McAtasney is a Celtic fan and blogger from Glasgow, and an admin on the CelticBlog Facebook group.