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'Shorts Not Skorts' - London Club Calls For Camogie Kit Change

'Shorts Not Skorts' - London Club Calls For Camogie Kit Change
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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The Thomas McCurtains club, which is the only GAA club in East London, has launched its Shorts not Skorts campaign calling on the Camogie Association to remove skorts from the sport's playing kit.

The London club's senior and intermediate camogie sides have introduced shorts to their team kits on an official basis, "in a bid to move the sport forward, place the traditional skort in the archives of history".

They have also called for Camogie Congress to vote for change on rules regarding skorts when it takes place from March 31st - April 1st. Camogie rules state that a "skirt/skort/divided skirt" must be part of the playing kit.

In a survey of 240 people carried out by the club, 82 per cent said they would prefer to wear shorts rather than skorts, while 75 per cent said they feel "the skort does not reflect current society".

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Thomas McCurtains camogie team wearing the shorts which they have made an official part of their kit

"It’s no surprise that over 70 per cent of those surveyed prefer shorts over skorts," said Kelly Ann Brennan, player and co-manager of Thomas McCurtains.


"Skorts in their essence were invented to make activities more comfortable for women yet now, for us do the complete opposite.


"It's the embarrassment of having to pull the shorts down after sprinting for a ball, the unflattering fit and the uncomfortable nature of the fabrics with which they’re made.

"I would love to see our dual stars, in the near future, not to have to worry about wearing different kit for two sports under the Gaelic games umbrella.


"In an age when women have never been more visible in sport, I am very proud that my own club are standing up for equality and to make a change.

"One of our mottos is ‘Never compromise on our principles’ and wearing skorts is a compromise we are no longer willing to make."

Other feedback from the survey saw skorts described as "uncomfortable" on 86 occasions while it was also said that they make it "easier for people to put the sport in the less physical and more feminine bracket which ultimately reduces the respect it receives" and that they "keep female players in the past. We don’t wear skirts for football".


The club has launched a petition that they plan to put forward to Camogie Congress.

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