Blackburn Rovers Community Trust have just returned from completing a hat-trick of great Soccer Camps in Germany.
For the third season in a row, the Trust's coaches have spread the Rovers word at the English-speaking St George's School on the outskirts of Cologne, strengthening a relationship that now ensures that there are always plenty of blue and white halved shirts on show each year!
More than 50 children per day enjoyed quality half-term coaching from a trio of staff - Jonathan Ellithorn, Fergus Heyes and former professional Chris McGrail - at the excellent school's 3G pitch and indoor sports hall, which came in handy when the bright sunshine gave way to tremendous thunderstorms on a few occasions during the week.
All the children were left with a positive reminder of the club's visit, with every participant receiving a ball to keep at the end of the week and some classic replica shirts also given out as a reward for selected deserving recipients.
McGrail, who has been on all the previous trips to North Rhine Westphalia, was delighted with the experience, explaining:
"It's a wonderful school with some really nice facilities and great children. There was some great talent on show, not just in the football, but also in having six-year-olds with us who can already speak four languages!
"The coaches all really enjoyed the event and the city, and we'd love to go back again next year to keep widening the Rovers brand in that part of Germany."
• Closer to home, the Trust also welcomed 80 children to the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre during the same week, as the latest half term Soccer and Sports Camp went down a treat with youngsters, thanks to its Euro 2016 theme. After playing out the entire tournament over the course of the week, Slovakia were crowned shock champions in a penalty shoot out victory over Spain in the final.