A footy-mad family were 'over the moon' to meet manager Gary Bowyer, who took time out to visit Rovers' groundbreaking new sensory room.
The state-of-the-art facility, located in the stadium's Strikers Lounge, which has been specifically designed for children with disabilities, is Rovers' latest measure in making the matchday experience at Ewood Park inclusive for all and is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.
Season ticket holder Michael Wilding, from Blackburn, whose son Charlie was born with Down's syndrome, said: "It was very nice to see the great facilities that Rovers have to offer. We were all very impressed by the Strikers Lounge and the well kitted out sensory room. The club are doing a great job and we will make sure all of our Rovers-attending friends are now made aware of the facilities. "Charlie really enjoyed his first match (even though I got him a season ticket at the start of the season!) and my other sons, Oliver and Samuel, and my nephews, Regan and Callum, were all thrilled to meet the manager, as were my brother and I!"
Rovers created the sensory room in partnership with the AllTogether Social Trust, a Blackburn-based charity for children and young adults with disabilities. Strikers is open on matchdays from 12 noon and is available for any child under 16 who is accompanied by an adult with match tickets.
Picture caption: Rovers manager Gary Bowyer with members of the Wilding family, joined by Lizzy Toms, manager of the AllTogether Social Trust, and Rovers' Accessibility and Safeguarding Adults Officer Christine Peacock.