West Bromwich Albion Women changes the color of their home shorts from white to navy to help players through their periods

WEST BROM WOMEN have chosen to change the color of the shorts they wear with their home kits to reflect the players’ menstrual cycles.

The decision comes months after the Lionesses raised similar concerns with kit maker Nike ahead of their EURO triumph.

West Bromwich Albion Women will wear navy blue shorts with their home kits for the remainder of this season and beyond

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West Bromwich Albion Women will wear navy blue shorts with their home kits for the remainder of this season and beyond

The club’s decision to have players wear navy blue shorts instead of white for the remainder of this season and beyond was taken after “extensive consultation” with the squad.

It comes in a year that has seen discussions across a number of sports about the challenges faced by female athletes wearing white outfits during their periods.

West Brom captain Hannah George, 27, whose side play in Brighouse Town this Sunday, said: “It’s great to have the club back our move to navy shorts.

“Representing the club professionally and looking smart in kit is very important to us.

“This change will help us focus on our performance without additional concerns or anxiety.”

Head coach Jenny Sugarman, whose side compete in the third tier, added: “It’s our job as a team to find every percentage point we can to help our players play their best.

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“I am proud that the club supported the decision to switch to navy blue shorts for our players.

“This is another sign of the continued integration of the women’s team across the club and recognition of a progressive and inclusive culture.”

The problem of female athletes having to wear white clothing during their periods is an ongoing issue in a variety of sports.

In July, Arsenal ace Beth Mead said the Lionesses shared their thoughts with Nike on the practicality of donning white shorts during their menstrual cycles

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Players had discussed the possibility of a color change.

And in June, female tennis stars questioned the All England Club’s regulations on all-white dress for women competing at Wimbledon during their period.

Two-time doubles winner Rennae Stubbs highlighted some of the challenges players face in these bright sportswear moments.

The 2001 and 2004 Wimbledon doubles champion told Telegraph Sport: “At Wimbledon you’re very careful that everything is okay as soon as you go on the pitch – make sure you have a tampon.

“A lot of women have extra pads or make sure you have an extra large tampon before you go on the pitch.”

England women's players shared their feedback with Nike on changing the color of their shorts

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England women’s players shared their feedback with Nike on changing the color of their shortsPhoto credit: Getty

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