The Kildare intermediate camogie squad has written to clubs in the county expressing "distress" at a County Board decision to withdraw the team from the All-Ireland Championship.
They were informed of the board's decision via WhatsApp last Friday.
The intermediate championship is set to start later this month - Kildare had been fixed in a group with Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny and Galway. The players revealed that they had been in dispute with the Kildare camogie county board over what they claim was a failure to meet the terms of an agreed charter.
The squad published an open letter through the Gaelic Players Association social media channels, that has been sent to the clubs revealing their unexpected withdrawal.
"This has caused great distress to us as a playing group and indeed anger," the letter states.
"This is not only because the decision was taken without our consent but because of the disrespect that was shown to us in how it was communicated," it adds.
Open Letter to the camogie clubs in Kildare issued on behalf of the Kildare Intermediate Camogie Panel. pic.twitter.com/n5z5Rw3sge
— GPA (@gaelicplayers) May 9, 2023
The players have appealed to the clubs to listen to their voice and see that change is implemented.
"To you, our clubs, we want to make it clear; we want to play and are willing to play and represent our great county and you, our great clubs. However, changes must be made in the conditions and environment in which we prepare and play,” the statement said.
"If we don't make those changes now, the players who come after us will never forgive us".