COLCHESTER United duo Eoin McKeown and Ryan Clamplin passed on top tips to four girls' teams at Capel Plough Youth Football Club.

The pair attended the club's training session on Friday night.

Many of the girls, aged seven to 14, live in Colchester and support the U's.

They also have tickets for the upcoming England Lionesses match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Player Aimee Collins, 14, who attends Colchester County High School, said: "It's great to know our local professional club want to help us by allowing their players to train with us.

"Hopefully we can return the favour by being ball girls at a match soon."

Colchester media manager Matt Hudson was the inspiration for the training.

Adrian Goodwin, the head of Capel Plough YFC, said: "The football industry needs more people like Matt, who go out of their way to promote local girls’ football.

"It was great to see the two players supporting the work we are all doing for girls’ football at grassroots level.

"Both players were brilliant ambassadors for their club and we look forward to working more closely with the club in the near future."

Hudson added: "We were really pleased to be able to send two of our up-and-coming players to visit the girls on Friday.

"Female football is really starting to flourish both nationally and on a local level and we were keen to support the great work that Capel Plough are doing with their teams.

"We hope they enjoyed the visit and we look forward to keeping track of their progress this season."