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Girls and women urged to take up football on Merseyside

Toni Duggan a trailblazer for women's football Credit: PA

It 's hoped the England football team’s success at the Women’s World Cup will encourage a growth in the sport.

Female football is the fastest growing format of football on Merseyside. Liverpool County FA have more than 170 female grassroots football teams across Merseyside who have teams ranging from under 7s through to adults playing five a side to 11 against 11 at various indoor or outdoor football facilities.

Liverpool County FA have just completed the Merseyside Game Changer which included a complete review of female football in the area including school, grassroots, recreational football and the Female Talent Pathway.

350 footballers are involved including girls as young as 5. They were consulted by the County FA on what changes and developments could be made to improve female football. The overall findings from the Game Changer highlighted they want to be treated the same as their male counterparts and be given the same opportunities to play football, access to better playing and training facilities and increase promotion and media coverage o help change the perception of the game and increase participation rates in Merseyside.

Helping to change the perception of female football are the four players who've just been flying the flag for Merseyside in the Women’s World Cup in Canada - Fara Williams, Toni Duggan, Alex Greenwood and Jodie Taylor. Fara is an adopted Scouser, and has played football in Merseyside since 2004 with Everton Ladies and her current club Liverpool Ladies. Liverpool born Toni Duggan (Manchester City) and Alex Greenwood (Notts County) started their careers playing with Everton Ladies in their Centre of Excellence and they both progressed into the first team, and Jodie Taylor from Birkenhead (Portland Thorns) began playing the game with Tranmere Rovers Ladies and has played in America, Sweden and Australia.

Female Football in Merseyside has benefited from £30,000 of investment from various external funding agencies including the Football Foundation, Sport England and the People’s Postcode Trust during the 2014-15 season.

Anna Farrell, Football Development Officer for Liverpool County FA said, “Female Football is the fastest growing format of football in Merseyside and the achievements of the Lionesses in Canada is only going to increase awareness and help us change perception of the game locally and nationally.

“The FA has recently launched the #WeCanPlay which aims to canvass the support of 100,000 girls and parents as part of its drive to boost participation and change the way girls/parents view the game.

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Police car involved in collision with cyclist in Liverpool

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A cyclist is in hospital this morning after being involved in a collision with a police car.

Merseyside Police have confirmed an investigation is underway after a collision involving a police vehicle and a bicycle in Toxteth just before 10am.

The cyclist is a male believed to be in his late teens.

The cyclist sustained an injury to his head and has been taken to hospital for treatment where his condition is described as stable. The police vehicle was damaged to the front.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to contact MSOC Roads Policing Officers on 0151 777 5747

Smithdown Road closed in both directions after accident

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Police have closed off Smithdown Road in Liverpool in both direction after a road traffic accident.

Bus services have been affected:

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We will bring you more information when we have it.

Putting the brakes on anti-social behaviour

Police on Merseyside have launched their annual summer campaign to crack down on the illegal use of scrambler bikes. Operation Brookdale, will focus on areas across Merseyside where communities have suffered from the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler bikes, off road vehicles and quad bikes.

Some of the bikes seized by police in 2014 Credit: ITV Granada

"Sometimes the riders of these bikes don't understand the consequences for local communities and the harm that the use of these bikes can cause. In the wrong hands these bikes are potentially lethal and people need to understand the potential consequences of driving these bikes irresponsibly.”

– Superintendent Jenny Sims, Merseyside Police

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Report: Liverpool's very own Bollywood superstar

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Five years ago Amy Jackson was a teenage model from Liverpool without any acting experience and not surprisingly couldn't speak a word of Hindi!

She's now a famous Bollywood star, with two lives - one in the UK, where she's barely known, another in India where she's mobbed by fans wherever she goes.

Paul Crone caught up with Amy on a rare trip back home to Merseyside.

Women wanted for shouting racist abuse at shop keeper

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Police have released CCTV pictures of two women wanted for shouting racist abuse at a shop keeper.

At around 3.15 pm, two women entered a shop on Stanley Road. When they approached the counter to pay for their goods, both began to shout racist abuse at the shop assistant.

When his colleague overheard the altercation and threatened to call the police, the two women left the shop.

This was a totally unprovoked incident and very upsetting for the shop assistant involved. The store’s CCTV has captured images of two women we’d like to speak to in relation to this incident and I would ask them, or anyone who thinks they may know who them, to please contact the police.

– Detective Constable Joanne Brough

One woman is described as being approximately 5’7” tall of slim build with blonde-dyed hair and about 25-years-old and spoke with a Liverpool accent and was wearing a long coat.

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The second woman is described as being 5’2” tall, a little stockier with blonde hair. She is believed to be aged between 30 and 35-years-old and was wearing a bright pink top underneath a black coat and grey tracksuit trousers. She also spoke with a Liverpool accent.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4048, or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Preview: Liverpool's own Bollywood superstar

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23 year old Amy Jackson from Liverpool has become a Bollywood star! Amy was spotted by a Bollywood director as she was competing in a beauty contest. Amy is mobbed everywhere she goes in India and has already appeared in five films.

Our reporter Paul Crone will have a full report on this new superstar at 6 o'clock on Granada Reports.

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