SEVERAL footballers from Wigan will take to the pitch in their underwear – at the home of England football.
The recently-created Lingerie Football League, featuring several players from the area, will face university teams at St George’s Park, the FA’s multi-million pound national football centre.
The event on January 30 – to mark the centenary of women’s football – will raise cash for Help For Heroes.
The match is the second of a series of exhibition matches, featuring a half-time lingerie catwalk show, taking place across the UK ahead of the creation of an eight-team league this April. When the league was launched a month ago they came in for criticism from some quarters for being sexist.
But founder Gemma Hughes, from Wigan, insists they are trying to “fight gender equality” and tackle the gender pay gap in football.
She set up the league after being inspired by seeing the tight outfits worn in volleyball and tennis. American Football also has a lingerie league. Members from Wigan, Leigh and surrounding areas are: Ashley Bell, Aydean Corless, Charlie Birchall, Emma Foulkes, India Dickinson, Jessica Farrington, Katie Redford, Kayleigh Maddocks, Larissa Vyas, Melissa Leonard, Natalie May Simm, Natalie Hughes, Nicole Donnelly and Terri Casey-Barter.
For more details visit the website lingeriefootballleague.co.uk.
They also have a Facebook page – /lflunitedkingdom – and are on Twitter and Instagram (@lingeriefluk).