Hope Akpan attracted a record turn-out at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's latest Premier League Girls' Football session as he undertook a cameo goalkeeping appearance at Darwen Vale.
The Rovers midfielder made the short trip to the high school situated just half a mile up the road from Ewood Park, testing his skills as a keeper as he joined in with more than 20 aspiring female players for their hour-long series of matches.
Coaches from the Community Trust have been delivering weekly football opportunities to girls from all year groups at the school throughout the term, but despite some promising attendance figures so far, none have yet matched the lure of being able to join in with a fully-fledged professional star for an opponent or team mate!
"It has been good to come down to Darwen Vale High School and join in with the girls football,” said the Rovers midfielder, who acknowledged the quality of footwork on show from a number of the players that attended.
"It's been very eventful, a lot of energy, a lot of tackles and shots - it has been good.
"When I was growing up these opportunities were few and far between with my local team, so I know what it means for us as players to get down here and show our support and the kids have responded really well.
"They put on a session, they got stuck in and it was really good.”
If the girls' football provision at your school needs a boost, courtesy of the Premier League Girls Football programme, Community Trust coach Andy Aspinall can offer a range of options and advice. Call 01254 508256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to contact him and find out more.