A football club has set up a girls team in honour of a police officer who died.

St Bees Football Club set up the first girls team in its history, naming the side after the late Andrea Buggy, who was a keen player.

The girls play in football kits carrying the initials AB in a love heart on the chest and the team name on the sleeves.

The ‘Buggy Bees’ were launched last month by Andrea’s friend Cheryl Snowdon and her husband.

Cheryl said: "I was a friend of Andrea's for more than 20 years.

“She played for a few ladies football teams over the years and had a love for the game.

“When she (Andrea) passed away my husband, Ben Snowdon, who runs the mixed team, had an idea to set up St Bees first girls only team as we had girls in the mixed teams but no full girls teams.”

The team has played a few matches since being set up, including a fixture against the Silloth under-eight girls.

Cheryl thinks that Andrea would have been ‘delighted’ to have the team named in her honour and is looking forward to many hopefully prosperous years with the club.

She said: “I think she would have loved the idea and loved the team being named after her.

"We just hope the girls have a great time, developing their game while having fun.”

Andrea died in September last year, leaving behind a young son Sol – who has even joined in on some of the training sessions with the Buggy Bees since the team was set up in memory of his mum.