Rugby team strips off for charity calendar

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The team pose with sparklers for the 2016 edition of the Calendar Pic © Seb Castilho

The team pose with sparklers for the 2016 edition of the Calendar Pic © Seb Castilho

A women’s rugby team have bared all for a naked calendar to raise money for good causes.

This is the third year that the University of Liverpool’s ladies team have stripped off to raise money. The funds are split between developing the team and a chosen charity and this year the proceeds will go to the ‘Coppafeel’ organisation.

Coppafeel is a charity that encourages women to regularly check their breasts for symptoms of breast cancer in the early stages so that lives can be saved.

Team captain Eve Watton told JMU Journalism said: “As a team we share the same values as the charity and can really relate to their ethos of enjoying life and living it in the healthiest way possible.

“We want to encourage women of all ages to feel empowered and one of the best ways to do this is to feel healthy and confident which both our calendar and Coppafeel promote.”

The calendar is being sold for £10 and features the third-year team in variety of locations from rugby pitches to the Liverpool docks.

Harriet Rose, the team’s media secretary, told JMU Journalism: “Even in the classic British weather the girls involved, along with our excellent photographer Seb Castilho, had a brilliant and genuinely fun day, which we think comes across in the shots.

“It was lovely to see how comfortable everyone was with each other, which is something the team as a whole strives for.”

Last year the girls raised more than £2,000 for Joining Jack, a charity which aims to raise awareness to fight DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy).

The 2015 calendar was popular globally with media coverage from Hong Kong, Nigeria and the Cosmopolitan magazine in the US.

The 2016 edition is available to buy here >>

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