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Duo delight at Girls Football Festival

6 December 2015

Rovers stars Chris Taylor and Simon Eastwood were special guests at the Community Trust’s Girls Football Festival – believed to be the biggest of its kind in the country!

Over 150 girls, aged five to seven, from Primary Schools all over Lancashire attended the all-day event.
 
The Rovers duo were on hand to offer some expert advice and even refereed some of the small-sided games!
 
The Trust organised the tournament as part of the club's aim to grow girls football in the local area and to get more girls playing football from a young age.
 
For many, it was the first time that they had kicked a ball!

Andrew Aspinall, Rovers' Women and Girls' Football Development Officer at the Trust, said: "Today is all about introducing and encouraging young girls to play football, in a fun environment.
 
"A lot of my work is with older girls, aged 14 plus, and we've done things in the past with Years 5 and 6 in Primary School, so the aim of this was to get girls aged five to seven to come together, with no boys, and enjoy playing football."
 
Midfield ace Taylor added: "It's normally me harassing referees rather than me being the referee and I probably feel a bit sorry for them now, but I don't think that will be me in the future - I think there'll be a few red cards a game coming out if I was a ref!
 
"Me and Easty came down today and got involved, and it's good because you can see they're all buzzing and they're all happy. That's what you want to do as a young kid, you want to be enjoying yourself and having fun, and that's what they were doing."

Goalkeeper Eastwood added: "It's been fun. It's good that they're all getting into football at a young age. I've got a little girl myself, she's just over two, so it's good to see them having some fun with all their friends.
 
"If I'm honest, I was shocked to see how many there were here, it feels like hundreds of them running at you! But it's good that they're all enjoying it and joining in, which is good to see. There were some good players out there and a couple of good keepers - maybe they're ones for the future - so hopefully they stick at it."

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