Thursday, June 20, 2024

Worcestershire hockey club shows sisterhood strength in pants power

A Worcestershire women’s hockey team has teamed together to support a new positive community and raise vital funds to help women going through crisis, abuse and addiction.

Bretforton women’s HC joined in unison last week to support the Brave Bird Club as a show of sisterhood and to help fundraise through the sale of Brave Bird Pants.

Bretforton, who train and play at The De Montfort School in Evesham, Worcestershire, is a well established village club, currently fielding three teams competing in the West Hockey League alongside O35s, O45s and O55s Masters Squads.  

The team comprises local women from all walks of life and includes two England superstars. So why would they be needing some ‘Pants Power’?

With many stories of facing their fears circulating between them, the solidarity within the team is greater than ever. 

Lisa Davis pictured

From recognising a failing marriage whilst pregnant yet knowing deep down, it was best for the child to separate; to exiting a mentally and physically abusive relationship taking no possessions for themselves or their children.

Clearly bravery means more to the team than playing well or sticking your neck on the line during an aggressive game to gain a win.  

One player commented: “I realise now that I am braver and stronger than I ever thought possible. 

“I can now own my story and write a brave new ending too’.  Member Louise Alderton (pictured) said bravery means to her ‘Doing what needs to be done despite my fears!’”

Women’s player Lisa Davis said: “Bravery shows a very positive vibe, and it can feel incredible.”

Bretforton’s Louise Alderton

“With a positive spin on feeling brave, the ladies all pulled up their Brave Bird Pants to encourage other women to do the same showing camaraderie to all the brave female unseen everyday she-roes,” a spokesperson said.

“It’s amazing the effect it can have physically and, importantly, mentally to know you are not alone. Teamwork spreads across communities, uniting them in the power of brave.”

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