Local youngsters enjoyed a successful day out representing Rovers at the Premier League Kicks Cup.
The budding young footballers, who regularly attend weekly Kicks football sessions put on by the club’s Community Trust, travelled to Liverpool to take on teams from across the country.
Split into under-16 boys and under-16 girls categories, Rovers lined up against 48 other clubs, with the boys hoping to go one better than last year’s runners-up finish.
After both Rovers teams finished third in their respective groups to qualify for the Category C contest, the boys then finished second in the next phase of the cup competition, whilst the girls took top spot to qualify for the Category C final.
After a tense match against Southampton, Rovers secured a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory.
Declan Curran, who starred for the boys team, said: “It was a great experience to play in a national tournament against other professional clubs. The Kicks project is brilliant. I get to play footy with my mates and get rewarded with the opportunity to play in big tournaments.”
Rovers’ Premier League Kicks coordinator, Chris Brankin, said: “It was a fantastic event and great to have young people from different areas of Blackburn come together to represent Rovers on a national stage. Both teams put in great performances and were a credit to the club and the Premier League Kicks programme.”
The Premier League Kicks programme began in 2006 as a pilot project in London between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police with the aim of using football to bring communities together and to engage with young people. Today, 50 Premier League and Football League clubs run local community-based sessions, which engaged with over 42,795 young people last season.