A football team in Aldershot will be attracting attention on and off the pitch next season, thanks to their female supporters.
Wives, partners and girlfriends of the men in the Queen Victoria pub team will be sporting the team’s colours when they appear in their own 2015 calendar to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Barmaids and customers at the Queen Victoria will also be among the 20 women who take part in next month’s private calendar photoshoot at the pub.
The idea came from Jess Valler, girlfriend of defender Chris Cotton, who said it would create some much-deserved publicity for the team following their recent success.
The side will compete in the second division of the Aldershot and District Sunday Football League in 2014/15, after finishing last season 16 points clear at the top of the fourth division table.
Miss Valler, of Cambridge Road, Aldershot, previously raised funds for Cancer Research UK by taking part in its national Race for Life event in support of her father, who is now clear of the disease.
The 25-year-old said she was inspired to organise her own fundraiser for the charity and praised the support she had received from the team and their fans, particularly the other wives, partners and girlfriends.
“People have been really helpful,” she said. “We’ve already had a make-up artist, hairdresser and photographer volunteer their time.
"The pub is even shutting early so we can have the place to ourselves.”
She added: “The ladies are really excited about the photoshoot, although we’re probably going to need a few drinks first to get some courage together.”
Miss Valler thanked pub managers Chelsea Cannon and Paul Edwards, football team manager Neil Udal and his assistant Tim Glynn, and team founder and player Rob Glynn for all their support with the venture.
She is still looking for a printing firm to produce the calendar. Anyone who can help should contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of the calendar are expected to cost £5 each and should be on sale from October at the pub, the Excelsior working men’s club in Gordon Road and the Booze Booze Booze shop in Grosvenor Road.