West Bromwich Albion Women to wear navy shorts for the rest of the season over period concerns

The club will wear the new shorts on their game on Sunday, 2 October

West Bromwich Albion (WBA) has confirmed that their women’s team will wear navy shorts as part of their home kit for the rest of the current season and future seasons.

The decision to switch from their usual white shorts was taken after “full consultation” with the squad.

On the official West Brom website, a statement read: “Wearing white clothing while on a period is an issue that has been highlighted by women across all sports, and Albion will ensure this is fully considered when designing all future home kits.”

WBA women will don the new kit combination in their FAW National League Northern Premier Division against Brighouse Town on Sunday at Birmingham County Football Association Field.

Speaking to the West Brom website, Albion Women captain, Hannah George, said: “It’s great that the club are supporting our change to navy shorts.

“Representing the club professionally and looking smart in the kit is really important to us. This change will help us to focus on our performance without added concerns or anxiety.”

Head Coach, Jenny Sugarman, added: “It’s our job as staff to find every percentage point we can to support our players to perform at their best.

“I’m proud the club has supported the decision to switch to navy shorts for our female players. It’s another sign of the continued integration of the women’s team across the club and recognition of a progressive and inclusive culture.”

England’s women recently raised the issue, with Beth Mead, part of England Women’s historic Euro 2022 squad, saying “white is not practical when it’s the time of the month”.

Speaking to the Telegraph, an FA spokesperson said: “We recognise the importance and want our players to feel our full support on this matter. Any feedback made by them will be taken into consideration for future designs.

“We will continue to work in close consultation with our partners Nike, while still following guidance from tournament organisers where possible in terms of colour choices.”