Football team gets kit off for charity

Posted: 25 November 2010

Blog category: News, Pubs, Sport

A football team from The Aviator pub in Sheerness has shed its kit in support of a national cancer charity.
The players dispensed with most of their clothes for a 2011 calendar to be sold in aid of Macmillan Nurses. One shot saw them bare all, though each player’s modesty was tastefully preserved thanks to judicially placed sporting equipment.

Sheppey photographers Charly Bowman and Natalie Barker of NCB Photography worked for free on the calendar, which should be available from December.

As the team’s goalkeeper, pub manager Phil Chislett posed for a close-up.
He said: “I took my top off first to encourage the others as some of the lads were a bit shy. But it was good fun and it was all in a good cause. It will be sold at the pub and through our Facebook page from December for £5.99.”

He added: “I’m not sure which month I might represent yet. It may be August as I had a beach hat on and a Hawaiian lei.”

The calendar was the idea of assistant pub manager and football manager Matt Boosey, who has a friend battling cancer.
He said: “We would like to thank Charly and Natalie and Chris Friday of Island Printers for producing the calendars.”

The Aviator has long been known for its community spirit. During the World Cup earlier this year, the pub’s regulars helped collect 150 football shirts, which in February will be sent to children at a Kenyan school. 

Phil, a member of the local rotary, said: “We really try to make The Aviator a community pub and put it at the centre of things. It’s ideal for families. We have just had a new children’s play area installed – it includes a climbing frame in the shape of a bi-plane.”