Bromley and Beckenham hockey team strip for charity calendar
PUBLISHED: 12:41 10 December 2012
Shivering inside a rarely used squash court on a cold Sunday morning, the ladies of Bromley and Beckenham Hockey Club could be forgiven for regretting their decision to pose for a naked calendar.
Gathered by 32-year-old Emma Greenway of Petts Wood, the project has been three years in the making with previous squad members proving too shy for the Calendar Girls idea.
A big push for much-needed funds led defender Tara Woodward to suggest the idea and finally, this year, reluctant arms were twisted by a few glasses of wine, says Emma.
“People were quite embarrassed at the thought of it, but there was a big club fundraising push and, once they knew 10 per cent of the profits were going to charity, that was the tipping point.
“We have sold 200 so far, which is quite good and we’re placing another order soon to see if we can get to 300.”
The ladies worked with amateur photographer Mike Dodds, who plays for the men’s team, to design their poses and used props such as hockey sticks, cones and goalkeeping kits to cover their modesty.
Though all the women flash their flesh, Emma says she was bolder than most and is covered by “pretty much nothing”.
She said: “Everyone keeps saying I was the bravest but I don’t know about that. My arms and legs are covering me, but not much else.
“To start off we were quite nervous, but the first girl was so chilled about it that we soon got used to it and you sort of forget you are naked.
“Mike was lucky enough to get permission from his wife to come down and take the pictures. We were all comfortable around him which made it easier.”
Calendars have been selling well to friends, family and colleagues but the group have been surprised by the amount they have sold to the general public.
This has been helped by the England Hockey Board who recently made Bromley and Beckenham Ladies their team of the week.
“They didn’t even tell us they were making us team of the week, we just saw it in an email,” said Emma. “As far as we know no other team has done a naked calendar, so we think that’s why they chose us but they might have taken pity on us because we’re bottom of the league.”
Recently promoted, Emma is part of the ladies’s 1st team who are without a win this season.
Now with a winter break, the team, based in Foxgrove Road, Beckenham, are hoping the festive cheer generated from the calendar will drive them on in the second half of the season.
“The ladies 2nd team are doing pretty well, but we haven’t won a match yet,” says Emma. “I’m sure a win will come soon.”
The £10 calendar is the ideal festive gift – with 10 per cent of proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care. If you want one, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further details.