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Women get kick out of the beautiful game

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

FOOTBALL fans Angela Thrower and Tiziana Stupia are fed up with being sidelined.

The sports-mad duo enjoyed haven't had the opportunity to play football since they were at school and have decided it is time to set up Hadleigh's first all female football team.

FOOTBALL fans Angela Thrower and Tiziana Stupia are fed up with being sidelined.

The sports-mad duo enjoyed haven't had the opportunity to play football since they were at school and have decided it is time to set up Hadleigh's first all female football team.

The pals have won the backing of John Chenery, chairman of Hadleigh United FC and the search is on to find enough football friendly females to make up a team in time for next season.

German born Tiziana, 29, said: "At school it was part of the curriculum and I enjoyed it. I always played in defence, and even now I'm better at defence when I play table football.

"Then I became a journalist on a heavy metal music magazine, called Kerrang, and they had a football team. I kept pestering them to join it but they wouldn't let me because they were all really big blokes and they said I was too little."

Female footballers are currently making woman's soccer one of the fastest growing team sports in Europe – and if the pals' dream to play the field again takes off, Hadleigh look set to bolster the trend.

Mr Chenery has said he would be happy to consider having a women's team at the club, adding that changing rooms, training and use of the club's pitch and house would be among the facilities he could offer.

"There seems to be a lot of interest in it national. It is something we have been looking at but obviously, as yet, we don't know what sort of response we are going to get," he said.

The women became friends after Angela began to work for Tiziana's Hadleigh based global record distribution business, Misanthropy Records.

They discovered they had a lot in common and started learning kick boxing together.

Then it turned out that Tiziana had played football in school and Angela, 32, who is part German, part South African and went to a German school in South Africa, had also been used to kicking a ball about at school.

Although the women have not played football since school, they rediscovered their love for the game when they paid a visit to Hadleigh United FC in search of models for their latest project, a charity calendar featuring people from the area in poses from famous movies.

They stayed to watch the game and the idea of forming a women's football team was born.

Any women who are interested in joining the fledgling women's squad should contact Tiziana Stupia or Angela Thrower at Misanthropy records on 01473 828666, or email them on demonfolk@lineone.net. Alternatively contact John Chenery on 01255 423448.

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