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Girls kick to glory.

HUNDREDS of would-be soccer stars were on record-breaking form on Saturday when they gathered at Warwick University to take part in the largest girls' football festival ever.

More than 700 young footballers became the largest number of female players to appear on a pitch together.

Scrutineers watched closely as they also made the mark for the largest game of "keepie-uppie" ever.

Hundreds of the girls, whose age ranged from 12 to 17 tried to keep the ball in the air for more than 30 seconds to set a new record.

A spokesman for the AXA Centre of Excellence, which was promoting the spectacle said standards at the event were incredibly high.

He added it was the first time that an attempt had been made on the record. Details of the record are being finalised.

The event marked the end of women football's awareness week and heralded the start of a big push to increase interest in the sport.

Talented youngsters mingled with stars including former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies and Martin Peters from the men's 1966 World Cup-winning team.

Also lending their support were England Women's Football national coach Hope Powell and Arsenal FA Cup winner Sian Williams.
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