Hockey UK and UK are delighted by the FIH decision today to amend the international dress code to allow female athletes the freedom to choose what to wear. future international competitions.
In April, following changes the British Hockey Team made to the national dress code earlier this year and the feedback from athletes from the UK women’s team on what they feel comfortable playing, Nick Pink, UK and UK Hockey CEO, and Hollie Pearne-Webb, England and UK women’s team captain, wrote to the FIH requesting they revised their dress code which so far allowed the wearing of shorts or shorts but not the two in a team.
The FIH responded positively to the letter and the decision was made at the FIH Executive Board on June 6 that, effective immediately, female athletes will be able to make individual choices to wear. shorts, skorts or skirts as long as they retain the overall identity of the team’s uniform through the color and style of the uniform.
England and Great Britain women’s team captain, Hollie Pearne-Webb, said: “We are really pleased with the news today that we will have the freedom to choose our international kit. We really appreciate the support of the UK and UK Hockey Teams, FIH and the speed with which they made this decision.
“This is an important milestone for women’s sport, and we can all be proud that we, like the next generation of athletes, will have the choice of what makes them most comfortable. .”
The UK and UK hockey chief executive, Nick Pink, said: “I would like to thank the FIH for revising their regulations and allowing female athletes the freedom to choose what they wear when competing.
Earlier this year, we changed the rules in domestic leagues in the UK to give individual autonomy, encouraging players to choose what they feel comfortable with, regardless of uniform gender standards. Traditional hockey. Under our new national guidelines, players have the freedom to choose to wear shorts, skirts or shorts on an individual basis, not being required to wear the same items as other players on the team, as long as that they have the same color.
We are pleased to see that, through this decision by FIH, this selection is now also open to elite athletes in international competitions. We are proud to support the entire hockey community from grassroots to elite.”