Rovers star Jason Lowe made a special appearance at Ewood Park to celebrate the achievements of local schoolchildren, who have engaged in the range of education programmes offered by Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.
Jason, who recently signed up to be the Trust’s inaugural Player Ambassador, was on hand to present awards to youngsters from within Blackburn and Darwen who participated in the GOAL ICT & Sport, GOAL Study, Double Club and Pitching In initiatives.
Along with certificates, major prize-winners received signed shirts and footballs to reward their learning achievements.
Rovers’ Head of Education, Jo Watson, said: “The early part of 2013 has seen some positive developments within the Community Trust. We are fortunate to find ourselves working with an increasing number of programme partners, including the PFA, Premier League, Football League Trust, British Heart Foundation, Blackburn with Darwen NHS and the Local Authority; many invited guests from which attended the presentation evening.
“We are also delighted at how involved Jason has been as our Ambassador, recognising that, unlike at most other clubs, our reach doesn’t stop at just sport, but extends and excels within health, inclusion, and, of course, education.
“Though education has long been the first to suffer at the hands of an economic downturn, the Education Department at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust has remained strong and maintained its fantastic reputation for its work in the community. In the Spring Term alone, the Education Department worked with over 1,700 participants across the range of its educational provision.”
Jason, who will be linking up with England’s Under-21s for this summer’s European Championships, said: “By putting my name to the Trust, you can see the benefit it has on the kids and seeing smiles on their faces is what it’s all about.
“Blackburn Rovers has always been a family club that encompasses the whole community and the work that Jo and the rest of the Trust team do is second to none, so it’s an honour for me personally to offer my time and support to the cause.”