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East End kids’ soccer world record bid in tribute to Bobby Moore

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:00 05 October 2010

TEENAGERS in London’s East End are trying to set a new world record in tribute to Bobby Moore for the most pupils in one school to juggle’ a football for at least 10 seconds without dropping it

By Mike Brooke

TEENAGERS in London's East End are trying to set a new world record in tribute to Bobby Moore for the most pupils in one school to 'juggle' a football for at least 10 seconds without dropping it.

They can bounce the ball on any part of their body except their arms and hands, without letting it touch the ground.

The pupils at Bow Boys' School are attempting the record to help launch the 'Disadvantaged Teenagers' football tournament in East London's five Olympic 'host' boroughs.

They make the record attempt on Friday in the school playground.

The tournament is organised by the 'Tribute 2 a Legend' Trust in memory of former West Ham and England captain Bobby Moore.

The trust is offering 120 teenagers who have educational, social and economic disadvantages a chance to live their 'dream' and play in a top-ranking celebrity soccer match.

Head Teacher Beverly Dobson said: "It's fantastic being chosen to try and create a world record.

"The charity came up with this idea and I think we have a good chance of succeeding."

A squad of 24 youngsters are being picked from each for the five boroughs to form a team which in turn plays other teams on a home-and-away basis.

The school's head of PE, Andrew Speed, said: "This helps kids who haven't had the best of starts in life to get inspiration and a desire to compete and be a winner."

The competition kicks off in April next year, on the 70th birthday anniversary of the late Bobby Moore who died in 1993 from cancer. Moore captained West Ham for more then 10 years and won a place in the record books by leading England to the 1966 World Cup victory over West Germany at Wembley.

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