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Martham Girls football team show that tough is beautiful

PUBLISHED: 10:01 30 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:36 03 June 2015

Martham Girls football team at Serenity Hair and Beauty salon in Rollesby.
The team are there to have there hair and nails done as part of a pamper session.

The girls pretending to wash hair in the salon.

Picture: James Bass

Martham Girls football team at Serenity Hair and Beauty salon in Rollesby. The team are there to have there hair and nails done as part of a pamper session. The girls pretending to wash hair in the salon. Picture: James Bass

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A girls’ football team is showing the world that tough is the new beautiful – and some pampering is the perfect end-of-season treat.

Martham Girls football team at Serenity Hair and Beauty salon in Rollesby. The team are there to have there hair and nails done as part of a pamper session.  Owner Karen Hoggett with player Caitlin Chapman.  Picture: James BassMartham Girls football team at Serenity Hair and Beauty salon in Rollesby. The team are there to have there hair and nails done as part of a pamper session. Owner Karen Hoggett with player Caitlin Chapman. Picture: James Bass

A girls’ football team is showing the world that tough is the new beautiful – and some pampering is the perfect end-of-season treat.

Martham Girls Under-12s, who won the recent Taverham FC tournament, reached the semi-final of the cup and came fourth in the Norfolk Women’s and Girls Football League, have proved that being sporty doesn’t mean you cannot also be stylish.

The team, affiliated to Martham Football Club, spent Thursday getting their hair and nails done at Serenity Hair and Beauty in Rollesby, near Great Yarmouth.

Coach Martin Barham and his wife, Jennie, who run the U12s team together with assistant coach Aaron Howard, said the girls deserved a treat after showing dedication, passion and commitment.

“Even tough girls can enjoy being girlie”, said Mrs Barham, 36.

“We only started the team last year, so this is their first season, and they’ve done incredibly well.

“They’re a passing team. There aren’t any selfish players – they work so well together.”

Serenity is the U12 team’s official sponsor and owner Karen Hoggett has gone the extra mile to support the players – watching their matches on rainy days, bringing doughnuts, paying for team hoodies and kit and, now, offering a day of beauty treatments.

“Although we’ve spent the season in all sorts of terrible weather, watching the girls dig deep during tough games and never complaining, it’s quite amusing to see them also enjoy being pampered,” said 45-year-old Mr Barham. “Jen, assistant coach Aaron and I are extremely proud of them all. They’ve shown a huge level of commitment and they deserve this treat.”

Mrs Barham said the girls, aged 10 to 12, are great ambassadors for young women in sport, with many of them showing an interest in taking their game further. But it has not been easy to access professional women’s matches.

“The girls watch England and the Norwich games but I think they prefer to watch the women’s teams because they can relate to them directly.

“Unfortunately there aren’t that many opportunities; they’re not really on television. A few of them did, however, get to see England Women play at Wembley a few months ago and they absolutely loved it.”

Mr and Mrs Barham’s daughter, Sophie, 12, plays for Martham Boys U12s as well as the girls.

Fellow player Evie said: “I enjoy playing for this team because it’s a group of my friends.

“It’s fun and I love playing football, it’s helped my skills.”

Goalkeeper Beth Shearing, 10, said the whole team enjoyed the pamper session. I normally end up getting really muddy when we’re playing,” she said.

“People are probably surprised to see me enjoying being girlie.”

While the squad for next season is full, players are welcome to sign up for weekly training sessions.

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