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Keepers camp a huge hit!

28 February 2016

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The Academy's first ever goalkeeping camp has been hailed a resounding success.

Earlier this month more than 50 children aged from 8 to 11 took part in a specially arranged evening that took place at Brockhall.

Split into two hour-long sessions, the budding keepers were put through their paces by Academy staff, with goalkeeping coach Ben Benson delighted by the local interest and the standard on display.

"Firstly the uptake was excellent," said Benson.

"What was also pleasing was the number of lads who turned up wearing Blackburn Rovers kit. One of the reasons we wanted to do the goalkeeping camp was the integrate into the local community."

The camp was set up with the aim of finding future goalkeeping talent to be part of a new goalkeeping development centre that will mirror the Academy, with the ultimate aim of finding lads from the area to go on and represent Blackburn Rovers.

Benson added: "It is the first time we've ever done anything like this before but we've now got a plan in place for the next few years as to how we want to develop the goalkeeping side of things and creating a development centre and having open evenings like this are going to be fundamental to that process.

"The idea stemmed from bridging the gap between the Academy and grassroots. We'll be creating a goalkeeping development centre, a shadow squad to what goes on at the Academy.

"The standard was excellent, some of the players will now be invited to our goalkeeper development centre as a result, whilst others will be watched further by our recruitment department.

"After the success of this one, we'll be looking to do an opening evening for those aged 12-14 in the near future."

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