Patrick Grady, local MP for Glasgow North, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons, congratulating Partick Thistle F.C. for signing up as a breastfeeding friendly football ground. The EDM, tabled by Patrick, can be viewed here.
Partick Thistle F.C. recently declared Firhill as a breastfeeding friendly football ground, following a nationwide campaign by the SNP MP, Alison Thewliss. Almost 70% of football clubs in Scotland have now signed up to the campaign for breastfeeding friendly stadiums.
Speaking after tabling the motion of commendation in the House of Commons, Patrick Grady MP said:
"I am delighted that Partick Thistle F.C. have signed up to this excellent initiative. It’s very encouraging that so many folk are uniting to make Scottish football a breastfeeding friendly environment.
"The 2005 Breastfeeding Act specifically makes it an offence to stop a mother or child from breastfeeding in public and that is a hugely welcome protection. However, what gives further reassurance to breastfeeding mums is for as many places as possible to be pro-active and declare themselves ‘breastfeeding friendly’.
“Football crowds have changed a lot over the years and stadiums are becoming a much more family friendly environment. The vast majority of clubs understand the need to build future generations of fans.
“By making a positive declaration that stadiums are breastfeeding friendly, this will go some way to letting people know that breastfeeding is normal and no-one should feel excluded from coming along to the football".