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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 June 2006, 15:02 GMT 16:02 UK
Your Game champs jet off to Germany
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown displays a Your Game shirt
Chancellor Gordon Brown finds his perfect number
The winners of the BBC's Your Game tournament will take part in the inaugural Street Football World Cup in Germany - after being told the news by Chancellor Gordon Brown.

Men's champions Rice Lane of Liverpool and women's winners Hallam Girls of Sheffield will travel to Berlin to play in an exhibition match for the Fifa tournament in July.

The two teams had travelled to London to meet a host of dignitaries for an official reception at 11 Downing Street.

But the Chancellor delivered the news personally to the stunned teams, who could not contain their delight.

Hallam Girls captain Amy Meaden told Your Game about her experiences over the past two months.


How can I sum up the last few months being involved in Your Game? With great difficulty.

We could not believe it when we were invited to Downing Street to meet Chancellor Gordon Brown.

He was really nice and gave us a tour of the house.

We also met former England football star John Barnes and England women's footballer Mary Philip, as well as lots of other Members of Parliament.

Hallam Girls line up for a photo with Gordon Brown and Tessa Jowell
Amy (number 7) and the Hallam Girls are all smiles

We were then taken to the London Eye so we could see the capital in its glory. Everybody loved it.

So now we are all excitedly waiting to leave for Germany.

Your Game was like no other event we have been to - it brought together a huge range of people from a variety of religions and backgrounds and gave us all a chance to participate and compete in an amazing arena.

As a team we cannot believe what has happened to us - I cannot begin to describe the emotions we have felt.

Playing at St James' Park was an honour and the fact we did not make it easy for ourselves made it even more exciting for the few hardcore fans that drove from Sheffield to see us play.

Winning the semi-final with a last-second Anna Perks goal was the highlight of the tournament for me, as well as winning the final 4-1 and being presented the trophy by Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder.

We are so grateful to Your Game and all the other sponsors that made the event possible.

It gave us some of the best memories any of us could ever ask for.



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