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Allstars pitch in with visit to Commons.

A VICTORIOUS football team made up of women from deprived areas of Birmingham rubbed shoulders with leading politicians at a Westminster bash.

CS Allstars players met former Villa star Gareth Southgate and Shadow Minister for Sport Clive Efford during the function at the House of Commons. They were invited to the event by MP Steve Rotheram as reward for winning the Street-Games Football Pools Fives competition at St George's Park, the FA's national football centre, in August.

The tournament was set up last year to use football to engage with young women in disadvantaged areas.

Allstars player Sinead Scott, a teacher, gave a speech at the Commons about what the programme had done for her and her team.

"I saw things I'll never see again and met people we would never normally meet so it was yet another opportunity taken," she said.

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Members of the Allstars team with former Villa and England star Gareth Southgate
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Date:Nov 6, 2013
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