There was a belated Easter treat in store for kids on yesterday’s Community Trust Soccer Camp, as Rovers star Charlie Mulgrew made a surprise appearance at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre.
The Scotland international was the third Rovers player to support the popular holiday camp, which has been running over the past three weeks, following in the footsteps of fellow defenders Stephen Hendrie and Tommie Hoban.
There were smiles all round, as Mulgrew presented each of the excited youngsters with a signed player postcard, before joining in with a couple of small-sided games.
He then posed for photos and spoke in glowing terms about the importance of engaging with the local community to Rovers PlayerHD and Sky Sports News.
“I’ve been in their position myself and I know that it’s important for the kids to feel close to the club, and I’m just happy to do my bit and give something back to the community,” he said.
“Sometimes when you’re that age, you feel as if it’s a million miles away, but when you get to kick a ball about with a first team player or even speak to them, then it seems that wee bit closer and maybe it gives you that bit of belief and hopefully there will be a couple who come through here and maybe one day play in the first team.
“It’s great to see these kids enjoying themselves – they’re loving it! There’s a few characters and some good players amongst them, they’re enjoying playing football and not being in school, so it’s good to come down and have a kick-about with them and speak to them.”