HAMPSHIRE Cricket Board has launched a period-friendly kitemark to ensure all cricket clubs in the county are female-friendly.

The board, in partnership with FabLittleBag, will provide eco-friendly products that can be used by clubs across the county.

It was announced at the Hampshire Cricket Board’s Women and Girls Expo on Saturday, February 17.

Their products will allow clubs of all sizes to benefit, from modern clubs and multi-sports facilities, to smaller, local clubs.

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Hampshire Cricket Board, which operates out of the Utilita Bowl, is making the initiative available to all cricket clubs in Hampshire, not just those with a women or girls’ section.

The clubs that sign up will be able to use the official kitemark on their website, use stickers at their facilities, and be listed as period-friendly on the Hampshire Cricket Board website.

Clubs will also be provided with posters that explain the environmental harm of flushing products and wipes, to help meet eco-friendly targets and help prevent expensive plumbing work.

Alongside making the game more inclusive, it’s expected to help clubs improve participation with more players and volunteers available to them.

In addition, there are grants in place, dependant on having women and girls as club members.

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Emma Cowdrill, women and girl’s development officer at Hampshire Cricket Board, said: “It’s great to finally announce this project that will benefit not just women and girls, but everyone involved in cricket across Hampshire. We hope this provides clubs with a participation boost and, most importantly, makes the game female friendly.

“The products are high quality and so work perfectly, even in older, thatched clubhouses with poor plumbing – and we are fortunate to have a few of those! There is also going to be a coach’s bag available so that players won’t be caught out, even at an away game or using a council facility, where many women and girls’ teams train and play." 

To find out more about HCB’s work and get involved, visit: utilitabowl.com/cricket-board/women-and-girls