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Supporting Young Players in Sport during their Periods

A free online workshop to help support players during their menstrual cycle

A free online workshop in partnership with Irise and the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women & Girls League will take place on Monday 20th June at 8PM, providing coaches, parents/carers and club officials with the opportunity to better understand periods and help to support players during their Menstrual cycle. 

Delivered by Irise International a registered charity whose goal is “to realise period equality for everyone” the aim for the session on 20th of June is for it to be an explorative and interactive session, including:

• A Brief intro to periods and sports
• Explore how coaches have been able to support young people on their periods
• Allow Coaches to share their challenges in supporting young people on their periods
• Plan a way forward

Women and Girls football continues to grow exponentially in our County and as the number of female players increases it is vitally important that ALL our female players feel supported during their period. 

In the UK 1 in 7 girls don’t know what’s happening when they start their period.

1 in 5 girls are bullied because of their period

1 in 10 girls can’t afford menstrual products


We hope that coaches, parents and club officials from across the County who support our female players will attend this workshop- to better understand the role that they can play in ensuring that players do feel supported during their period. 

Julie Callaghan, Diversity & Inclusion office at the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA, said

“I am excited that for the first time we can offer this Workshop that will really support everyone involved in football- If you are a coach, or a club official and are looking for some guidance, or, a parent who isn't sure how to start the conversation, then sit with your daughters on the workshop to help you and them understand the female body and their monthly cycle. It will give you an opportunity to ask those difficult questions, which for some is a taboo subject. It will help your female players and daughters at a time when they are just learning that their bodies are changing.  Let's not lose players because they are afraid to ask, feel embarrassed or don’t understand what is happening. If you are ordering white kit this summer, you may think again.”  

Tom Measham Club Support Officer said “Whilst this event is open to everyone, we are keen for male coaches within the County who are coaching girl's teams or, have girls playing within mixed teams to book on and attend. As male coaches this can be an uncomfortable subject to engage with - it will remain uncomfortable until we engage with it and further our knowledge. If we as coaches are uncomfortable, we will make our players feel uncomfortable and this is not the environment we want to create for our players.” 

To sign up for the free online workshop please complete our registration for by clicking the button below. 

Sign up here

For further information, please contact Julie.Callaghan@SheffieldFA.com

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