Elliott Bennett and Darragh Lenihan proved their versatility as performers on a variety of stages as they captivated an entire Blackburn school during an afternoon visit.
Whether it was joining in with games on the yard, taking questions from a packed floor in the school hall or drumming up enthusiasm in the infants' classes (especially in Elliott's case!), the pair proved to be great ambassadors for Blackburn Rovers, taking time to go and see every pupil at Holy Souls RC Primary School.
Holy Schools was the seventh and final local school to have received a player appearance in the space of a hectic three weeks to highlight the superb partnership between Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and local schools thanks to the fledgling Premier League Primary Stars project. Thirteen first team stars have taken time out to go and see the schools that have signed up to the scheme, aimed at boosting their curriculum resources in both the classroom and on the sports field.
Community Trust staff have been laying the groundwork with a series of exciting weekly trips to the numerous local schools that have signed up, with visits from the players proving be the icing on a very tasty cake that the schools are enjoying eating!
"It was brilliant, all the kids have smiles on their faces, it is great to see kids outside even in this cold weather and enjoying their spot," said Bennett.
"It is always good to come out into the community and to show your face, even if it just makes a few kid's days happy you've done your job.
"When I was at school I used to love it when someone used to come in and hopefully it is no different here."
With schools signing up to be part of Premier League Primary Stars on a consistent basis, it won't be long before the next run of fun player appearances are being lined up to excite more young local children and inspire their passion for Blackburn Rovers through a programme that adds even more fun to the school day. If you're a primary school teacher and would like to know more about bringing the concept to your school, visit www.plprimarystars.com or call Nick Jackson-Cooney on 01254 508194.