Owen Coyle sent an intrepid group of fundraisers on their way with a smile on Monday morning as he greeted them at the start of a sponsored walk.
The teenagers, who are all part of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's latest NCS intake, are walking an 8.6 mile route from the Senior Training Centre at Brockhall to Ewood Park in aid of Nightsafe, having chosen them as the chosen charity that will benefit from their social action project.
With heavy rain pouring at the moment they arrived at the training ground, the manager called them inside to meet a selection of players, including Jack Byrne, Jason Steele, Ben Marshall, Shane Duffy and Anthony Stokes, where they posed for a commemorative photo and given the team's warmest wishes for a hopefully dry walk!
NCS, the better known acronym for the National Citizen Service, is one of the Community Trust's most successful projects, working with hundreds of college aged students each year.
Over several weeks, each intake mixes outward bound activities and confidence boosting workshops to aid their team work, motivation and self-confidence. That new-found experience is then put to good use as the groups work together to devise fundraising activities for a good cause of their choice - hence the sponsored walk taking place today in aid of the Blackburn-based organisation which provides support to some of the town's youngest and most vulnerable homeless people.
We're accepting applications for future NCS intakes, so if you're aged 16 and 17 and would like to know more about this life-changing and CV boosting opportunity, email firstname.lastname@example.org