Marvin Emnes got the chance to spend the afternoon as both a teacher and a pupil, picking up some new cricket skills as he joined Derrick Williams on a visit to a local school!
The first team regulars visited Sudell Primary School to coincide with the ongoing Premier League Primary Stars programme that Blackburn Rovers Community Trust are delivering at the Darwen school, taking part in both an informative classroom Q&A and a series of PE lessons with excited children.
The Q&A session - which was eagerly described as "well good" by one ecstatic child as he skipped off to his next lesson - was almost like a trip to the physio's room, as the children demanded to know more about the worst injuries they've sustained!
Dutch youth international Emnes also spoke about his pride regarding some of his achievements in his national team's jersey, whilst Williams instilled the importance of working hard in school, as well as advising the children to learn as much from the things that they do wrong as the things that they do well.
Once that had concluded, it was on to the sports hall, where Emnes was shown how to correctly grip a cricket bat for the first time and he quickly got the hang of it, straight driving the ball back over the bowler's head for fun!
Williams also cleared the imaginary ropes time and again, and had to retire when nobody could find a way of getting him out!
After concluding with a trip to the yard to demonstrate and observe during a football skills session, it was time to pose for a few photos and sign plenty of autographs before heading home.
Nick Jackson-Cooney, senior sport and education development officer at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, was delighted with the first in a series of player visits in schools to coincide with the Premier League Primary Stars programme throughout November, explaining: "We were really pleased with how both players got really involved in everything that we asked of them and the school were thrilled with the extra excitement that we helped to generate this afternoon.
"Both players came out with some really sensible and inspirational messages for the children that they met in the classroom and they helped to generate a real sense of fun when they got involved in the sports sessions. They had a natural rapport with the children and seemed to enjoy the visit as much as the pupils!"
If your primary school wants to benefit from the term-long curriculum boost generated by Premier League Primary Stars - with the potential of a Rovers first team player making a visit as part of the deal - contact Nick Jackson-Cooney via firstname.lastname@example.org for full details on how we can tailor a package to suit you.