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Hot Shots

Hot Shots

By Hot Women FC
FC Hot Women are a bunch of mostly menopausal women learning how to find a coach, get fit and get to an international tournament.
Join them as they start from scratch, not only learning how to play the beautiful game but meeting fascinating guests with insight into various elements of the increasingly popular world of women’s recreational football. Go Hotties!
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16. It’s a Christmas Special…. The Hotties meet Seagulls star, Victoria Williams
In our special end of year episode, Kate and Adele learn about the life of a professional football player in the women’s game chatting to Brighton and Hove Albion’s number 20, Victoria Williams. A professional player since 2015, Victoria is now earning her living with Brighton and Hove Albion under manager Hope Powell. She describes her life as a pro and the huge changes that she has witnessed in the women’s game. Hailing from Yorkshire, her career has taken her around the country and on international tournaments and she shares some of the highlights and experiences on our pod. Adele, her Dad and Hottie Andrea have taken advantage of fans being allowed back in stadiums to go and watch a Seagulls match. We have the audio! We hope you enjoy our pod and that 2021 brings better things. Love the Hotties. x
December 24, 2020
15. Hot Women FC Vs HRT United
It’s All Change on the pod in this episode with Kate and Adele presenting the bumper menopause edition to mark the magnificence of our friendly fixture between Hot Women FC and HRT United! We love a match of like-minded women! Kate and Adele consider how they will stay active throughout Lockdown pt 2 before welcoming CJ back on to the pod to join a chat about their individual experiences of the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause. To learn more about the facts of this stage in our lives and ways to cope with the worst of the accompanying side effects, we turn to lapsed Hottie and all round wise woman, Dr Rachel McPherson. We meet some members of HRT United and there’s another pitchside report from a match not without controversy...
November 09, 2020
14. Check your boobs!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and in this episode of HotShots, we find out what the women of Hot Women FC should be doing to maintain good breast health and catch any lumps, bumps or other nasties early. Kate speaks to Sue Brown from Albion in the Community about their Speak Up Against Cancer initiative and Adele explains how her Dad benefited from their work. Kate and Adele catch up on the footballing action they’ve enjoyed from the comfort of their own sofas before they venture out to report from the Hot Women FC friendly game versus our friends The Crawley Old Girls (The Cogs). There are goals galore and some inspiring stories from members of the opposition!
October 18, 2020
13. The Hotties’ Skills Clinic
This week Kate and Adele have got top coach and football guru, Nici Rice on the pod to answer some of The Hotties’ individual footballing queries to improve skills on the pitch. But first we hear what Hot Women FC have been up to on the training pitch and how they have managed to play more than 10 hotties on one 5-a-side pitch without stifling space and play! Hotties Sian, Amy and Erin bring their football dilemmas to Nici’s skills clinic. We hear how to tackle safely, how a goalkeeper can learn to dive Hollywood style, and how good positioning can help with ball control woes. We also find out which Hottie runs like Penelope Pitstop…
September 29, 2020
12. Back Hotter!
We’re back! After several months on the sidelines the Hotties have returned to footie action with covid safe training sessions. Kate and Adele chat about how they coped with the national lockdown and look forward to new fixtures and plans for Hot Women FC. Our guests this episode are Dawn Gledhill and Elissa Hammond from Leeds based InterMeGin FC. They share their experiences of restarting their football activities after the enforced shutdown and describe how their team of Mums took inspiration from their kids football games.
September 12, 2020
11. The Hotties’ Ks in May Challenge
Hot Women FC may be on an enforced hiatus like the rest of the country but our desire to stay healthy, sane and in touch has inspired us to pull on trainers, comfortable shoes and rollerskates to cover 1500 ks in May between us! In this episode, we hear how 18 Hotties are running, walking and roller skating throughout May to raise money for Rise, a Sussex-based domestic abuse charity. We talk to Alex Hales from Rise about the charity’s work and how the lockdown has made their work even more vital.  And we head east to a rooftop in India to talk to an honorary Hottie about how she is managing to participate in our challenge while housebound under a very strict lockdown.
May 16, 2020
10. Hotties: Locked down but not out
What a difference two weeks make! In these Corona days, we are all in lockdown so on Hotshots Kate and CJ are looking into new ways to maintain and improve fitness without football! We talk to Marquita Smith, a personal trainer passionate about her work. She offers great advice on activities and exercises to create new workout habits whilst stuck at home. She explains how she has taken her work online to keep her clients fit during lockdown. Ali Jay is a Hottie who works with Marquita to get fit for football - she shares her fitness secrets and big laugh! We also meet Stef and Katie, two more hotties who have great ideas to share about keeping healthy and active during these trying times. And we end on a blast from the past - sounds from a footie match.
March 29, 2020
9. A look ahead to Eurogames 2020
With the clock ticking down, the Hotties have just over four months to get match fit for Dusseldorf.  In this episode, we talk to Eurogames 2020 Co-President, Gotz Fellrath, about preparations for the summer tournament and what joys await the 4000 expected participants. CJ and Kate are joined in the pod by super striker and all round top Hottie, Yoli, who shares her footballing story, some competition advice and important German pronunciation tips. There is news from Hotties HQ about funding and a new logo. In addition, CJ rounds up what was learned at recent training sessions with Coach Nici.
March 14, 2020
8. Eating Goals
What should a team of menopausal women be eating to keep them in tip-top health and super-effective on the football field? In this episode of Hot Shots our guest, Izzy Anderson, a sports dietician takes us through some nutritional dos and don’ts. You need more than milk and alcohol to make you feel good, we hear. Pod boff and data geek, Kate, has been studying the pod performance stats and she gives a welcoming shout out to our listeners around the country and across the globe. And of course, we catch up with all the hot stories from Hot Women FC and meet a few of the Hotties as they travel along the coast to Seaford for our friendly game with Dash ladies.
February 29, 2020
7. Hotties v Homophobia
This episode of Hot Shots marks February's month of action by the campaign Football v Homophobia (FvH). Kate, Rebecca and CJ explore how abuse can scare fans & players away from the beautiful game and find out what's being done. FC Hot Women is just one of one of the clubs that have supported this year's FvH Grassroots initiative to take action to tackle LGBT discrimination throughout the game. Guest Rob Harris from Charlton Athletics's Proud Valiants shares his story and explains the work of his and other club's LGBT fans groups. Jade Harker from Sussex FA fills us in on work in Sussex to make football more inclusive. (She also gives some great advice for start up teams on how to apply for funding!!). Before all that though, the final results are in from FC Hot Women's first competitive games - a small 5-a-side league. Hottie Andrea is back with us to share her views on how the final game went, her pick of the team, and there's a bit of that stalwart of football chat - the referee...
February 15, 2020
6. In search of a level playing field
The Hot Shots team pop over to the Dripping Pan, home of Lewes FC to talk Equality FC.  As the profile of the women’s game grows, investment in it and the women on the pitch isn’t keeping up.  But one East Sussex club, founded in 1885, is making waves about that. Karen Dobres is an elected director at Lewes FC.   In this episode Karen shares her football story and why she used to feel disconnected and threatened by the game.  CJ, Kate and Rebecca hear how Lewes FC is working to encourage women in their local community to both come and watch football and play the game themselves. Away from talk of the fight for equality, there’s chat about how FC Hot Women’s training is going, Kate sets herself a challenge and CJ praises the the friendliness of the women’s recreational game.
February 01, 2020
5. Defying the years - keeping fit for footie!
The FC Hot Women team has been hit by several injuries since they started to play football last summer.  In this episode Kate, Rebecca & CJ talk fitness and the veteran player. Hottie player Adele recounts how she went to A&E in agony thinking she’d broken her ankle in one of the team’s early park kick abouts. Meanwhile, Kate heads to the treatment room and gets hands on advice on managing injuries from a sports therapist and asks what older women can do to get fit and stay that way.
January 18, 2020
4. Talking 1990’s with South London Women FC
Hotshots CJ, Kate and Rebecca are back from their festive break and joined by the inspirational Sarah Messenger who founded the independent South London Women’s Football Club in 1994. Sarah talks about playing football growing up in the 1970’s.  She can’t resist chipping a few cheeky insults the way of the Hotties but also passes them tips on training and setting up a new team. Have a listen to hear how the ethos of inclusion and a love of women’s football has been the bedrock to South London WFC’s enduring success for more than 25 years.
January 07, 2020
3. A tactical move
Hot Women FC continue their journey from park kick about to international tournament with some tips and positivity from a coach. In this episode, the team has a new winter home inside at the local youth club. Kate, CJ and Rebecca (combined age 145+ years) ask experienced football coach Nici Rice if their mature team will ever hold its own against younger more experienced opposition.
December 06, 2019
2. On the road - Inspiration from Crawley Old Girls
Searching for inspiration Hot Shots hits the road. In 2015, Carol Bates started up Crawley Old Girls. COGs is now thriving and a multi award winning project encouraging ‘old girls’ to play football. Hot Shots’ CJ, Rebecca and Kate get a warm reception on a chilly night in Crawley and pick up lots of tips and inspiration from Carol and the COGs.
December 06, 2019
1. Hot Women FC - the beginnings
Introducing Brighton’s latest women’s recreational team facing the challenges of playing football when you’re over 40. Hot Shots regular presenters CJ, Kate and Rebecca discuss why a bunch of mostly menopausal friends decided to take up the beautiful game rather than simply watch it in the pub. We hear from a couple of players who went to the first session in a park in Brighton.
December 06, 2019
Introducing Hot Shots
A podcast about women over 35 who want to start playing football. Join Hot Women FC as they learn how to play the beautiful game.
December 02, 2019