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Rover’s Fun Matchday Itinerary
Blackburn Rovers v Doncaster Rovers
Saturday August 12th
11am - Blues Bar opens. Make sure you pop in to get a good lunch before the game!
12pm - Strikers’ Lounge opens. Great consoles, board games, pool, table tennis and all of your favourite activities from last season are back before every game this time round, as well as a well stocked bar, which might appeal to the adults that have brought you to the game …
12.30pm - The Foster’s FanZone opens. Come along and enjoy the music, giveaways and chat about all things Rovers. The bar and food facilities will also be open for everyone from this time too.
1pm - I arrive! I’ll be starting my walkies from near the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre, so if you’re near the Darwen End, you’ll probably be the first people to see me.
1.30pm - Official unveiling of Rover’s Kennel. This is a very proud moment for me … I’ve been given my own kennel in the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand, lovingly decorated by talented local artist Joanne Prince! I can’t wait to welcome everyone in there for free face painting and fruit bags thanks to McDonald’s at Ewood. The GAME Room will also re-open at the same time for all console fans.
1.45pm - Tiger-S on stage. Today’s headline act in the Foster’s FanZone will be performing a 20-minute set. Don’t miss their cool, catchy melodies, great harmonies and tight dance routines as they visit Ewood fresh from landing a lucrative spot playing on the Blackpool IFEST celebrations alongside The Vamps, Professor Green and Lawson. Listen out for their top tracks like ‘Tell Your Girlfriend’, ‘Don’t Wanna Grow Up’ and ‘Get The Girl’, which are set for their new EP and are definitely catchy numbers that you’ll have in your head for the rest of the day.
2.15pm - Read out the team sheets! One lucky child under the age of 16 can join FanZone presenter Adrian on stage to tell the crowds who’s going to be playing for both of the Rovers this afternoon. Arrive early if you want to be selected.
2.50pm - Guard of honour. Look out for the happy youngsters who have been selected from the Community Trust’s Football Camp to form the guard of honour down the touchline to help build up the big game feel.
3pm - Kick-off! After a quick bowl of water, I’ll be prowling round the edge of the pitch, encouraging you all to sing along with me.
28th July 2017
Meeting the little pups of Blackburn
Did you know that we run Baby Sensory sessions in Strikers' Lounge two days a week? It has been so successful on Thursdays that we've now had to expand the concept to Mondays too!
I went along this week to meet the first group of babies that are enjoying being brought along by mums, dads, grandparents, guardians and other family members, using creative play facilities to interract with other little people who are just learning to roll or crawl, as well as enjoying playing with lights, listening to music or joining in with group fun.
When I turned up, the reaction was lovely. Being the biggest dog in Blackburn, I was very pleased that rather than being scared of me (I only heard two little whimpers out of the dozens that were there!), most of the babies were intrigued by me, either stroking my soft and cuddly fur, or even giving me a big kiss as one of the lovely ladies did!
It was really nice to see all the excitement and anticipation in the lounge as all of these newly born people start out on the adventures that their lives will bring.
I just hope that by having me turning up in my lovely Rovers colours that they'll all grow up to be big fans of blue and white halves! Fingers (or paws) crossed these little pups will grow up to share my love of Blackburn Rovers.
If you'd like to know more about Baby Sensory (and see a few photos of me with all the cute babies), take a look at their Facebook page.
10th July 2017
The Big Event was bigger than me!
I like to think that I'm the biggest attraction here at Ewood Park, but there was something that proved to be even bigger than me as we hosted The Big Event this morning!
I was handed a very colourful South African flag to wave in front of around 3,500 children, because the morning celebrated the connection between the Dioceses of Blackburn and Bloemfontein - we even had some visitors who had flown in all that way to help lead the fun.
It was a faith led event, but it was open to children from all backgrounds, and I was so pleased to see them all getting on so well together, as all the visiting schools sat side by side.
Even though the action was all happening just a short walkies from my kennel in the Blackburn End, I'm really pleased that St James' Church in Lower Darwen - who led a lot of the planning alongside the people here at Ewood Park - were kind enough to invite me. I even got chance to climb onto the special stage that they put up where the Blackburn End goal would normally be!
We held a very similar event early last season which was just as successful, so I'm really pleased to see that we're able to use our stadium on non-matchdays for nice events like this, which was aimed at teaching local school children about tolerance, understanding and acceptance.
We were so keen to explain that message that we even let a Burnley fan come on stage and play the role of a hero in a brilliant short play with the Bishop! I'll have to remember to invite Bertie Bee next time...