West Bromwich Albion women’s team have replaced their white shorts with navy shorts due to concerns over the comfort of players during their periods, the English club announced on Thursday. Albion Women, who compete in England’s third-tier FA Women’s National League North, will wear blue shorts for the remainder of the 2022-23 season and beyond.
“Wearing white during menstruation is an issue that has been highlighted by women across all sports, and Albion will ensure this is fully considered when designing any future home kits,” the club said on its website. The decision to change the shorts was taken after full consultation with the players, the club added.
“This change will help us focus on our performance without additional worry or anxiety,” Albion Women captain Hannah George said. Coach Jenny Sugarman said she was proud of the club’s decision.
“It’s another sign of the continued integration of the women’s team into the club and recognition of a progressive and inclusive culture,” she said. The issue of female athletes wearing white clothing was raised at this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships when players spoke of the anxiety of being forced to wear white.
England striker Beth Mead was asked about the team’s all-white kit at the Women’s European Championship and said it was sometimes impractical.
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