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Saints star Shelly Provan inspires youngsters ahead of Women's Football Weekend

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This weekend is the first ever Women's Football Weekend.

The FA says it will become an annual event to mark the growing popularity of the women's game.

Members of Southampton Women's FC visited The Romsey School on Thursday Credit: ITV News Meridian

Shelly Provan is hoping to inspire her pupils at The Romsey School, where she teaches as a PE teacher, ahead of Sunday's match.

Southampton Women's FC will host AFC Bournemouth in the Hampshire Cup quarter-final, at AFC Totton's Snows Stadium.

For me to play football at school, I was one girl among 20 boys. I didn't think in my lifetime you'd be able to play professional football as a female and now that is an opportunity. So these girls can look at role models which is superb."

– Shelly Provan, Defender, Southampton FC

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Kayleigh Green is gearing up for the match on Sunday. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

Kayleigh Green, a striker at Brighton & Hove Albion, is also gearing up for their match in the Women's Super League against Birmingham at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

"It can be quite daunting playing at a stadium, so hopefully that will be in our advantage when we play Birmingham. If we can get more numbers, bigger crowds, again that's going to be to our advantage. Once the girls walk out on to that pitch, and they see the crowd, I think that will just lift them a little bit more."

– Kayleigh Green, Striker, Brighton & Hove Albion