Arsenal Ladies and England striker Kelly Smith, who is due to make her long-awaited return against Birmingham this weekend, paid a visit to Loughton on Wednesday for the Essex FA's Girls Festival.

England’s all-time top goalscorer met with 150 football mad young girls from Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Harlow and Epping Forest, to discuss her experiences in the game and hand out awards.

Kelly and her team-mates can be seen in action on Sunday in a top-of-the-table clash with Birmingham City at Boreham Wood FC, kick-off 2pm. Tickets can be picked up on the gate, £5 adults, £2.50 concessions.

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