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No handball issues for Evans and Stokes

22 November 2016

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Corry Evans and Anthony Stokes got to 'try their hand' at a new sport thanks to the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

The international pairing swapped football for handball as they went along to a PE session at Langho St Leonard's C of E Primary School, which was organised by Blackburn Rovers Community Trust coaches as part of their delivery of the exciting new project.

Both Rovers stars braved the cold to join in with year six classes on the yard at the picturesque setting, close to the club's Senior Training Ground, with their added height and reach proving to be a distinct advantage!

They also took the time to head inside to a much warmer classroom to face questions from year four and five pupils, who wanted to know all about their former clubs, playing for their country and the toughest opponents they have faced.

Northern Ireland international Evans, who was part of his country's historic Euro 2016 campaign, was positive about the added dimension that he and Stokes were able to bring to the event, explaining:

"It's good, when you see the kids' faces when you turn up, to come along and break up their work in the classroom is great and to get involved outside with the PE. 

"Hopefully we can keep doing that in the future and help out a lot."

The visit was the fifth player appearance event in the space of just over two weeks within schools who are part of the Community Trust's Premier League Primary Stars offering, with three more scheduled for the week ahead. 

If your school would like to enjoy all the same benefits that this programme brings, call Nick Jackson-Cooney on 01254 508256 or visit for more background information.

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