Rovers’ first team stars were joined by some pint-sized protégés at the training ground, as part of the Academy’s recruitment policy for attracting the best local talent.
The new crop of Academy Under-8s were invited to spend a ‘Special Day’ with the senior squad to give them an insight into what life is like for a professional player at Blackburn Rovers.
The annual event, which was held on the indoor pitch at Brockhall, provided the excited youngsters with the chance to take part in a series of fun-filled sessions with their footballing favourites, as well as showcase their skills!
The first team players then posed for photos and signed autographs for the mini-marvels, who will hopefully follow in their footsteps by progressing through Rovers’ youth ranks.
Tony Hartley, Academy/Community Co-ordinator, said: “We run this event every year and it’s clear to see why it’s known as our ‘Special Day’. The young boys train with the first team, before having lunch at the Academy and then going to the cinema.
“The Special Day has been fully supported by Gary Bowyer, the first team staff and players over the years and continues to be a great success and a good incentive for recruiting the best talent for the Academy.”
Manager Gary Bowyer added: “Having come through the Academy system ourselves, in terms of coaching, I think it’s massively important to hold days like this.
“For them to come and join in with the first team is a big thing and we hope that secures their signatures and then obviously we look forward to them progressing with their careers at Blackburn Rovers, because it’s getting harder and harder to recruit players.
“Our first team lads were a credit to the club and mixed in ever so well and made the day even more special for them.”