Rovers ace Adam Henley took a trip down memory lane when he teamed up with the club’s Community Trust.
The 19-year-old full-back called in at the Indoor Centre at Ewood Park to surprise the hordes of footy-mad youngsters, who were taking part in the Trust’s ever-popular Half Term Soccer Schools.
Adam joined in with some of the football sessions, before being quizzed about his life on and off the pitch in an entertaining Q&A.
The Welsh youth international, who grew up in Chorley, was delighted to see so many local kids having fun and hopes that a few of them can follow in his footsteps.
“It’s been really good,” said Adam. “It brings back memories from when I was a kid, going to these soccer schools and players would come in and you’d want to get signed autographs and shirts.
“It’s been a great turnout – I was really shocked when I saw the amount of kids. It looks like they’re all having a good time, which is good to see.
“It was similar to when I used to come to things like this. I always remember there being lots of games, lots of goals and I really enjoyed it. It brings back those memories of when you were a kid and you had no worries. It was all about scoring goals and just having fun, so it’s been really good to come and see this today.
“It makes you think about the past and see where you were and where you wanted to go, and obviously you can tell the kids that it’s possible if they want to do that when they’re older. It’s really good to be able to pass on what I’ve learnt and give them a fighting chance.
“Being asked how many goals I’ve scored was not my favourite question! I hang my head in shame with that one every time, but it’s good to get the questions off the kids and I know that they’re really interested to know about the lives of professional footballers, so I was happy to answer.
“Like a lot of these kids, I was just massively into football and just enjoyed playing it. It’s good to see these kids enjoying what they’re doing and hopefully they can carry that on into Academies and rise up through the ranks.”