Fledgling female footballers in Billington enjoyed a fantastic chance to judge their ability when Anthony Stokes came and played a key part in their Premier League Girls' Football programme.
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust visit years seven and eight at St Augustine's High School in Billington every week to allow their female players to enjoy great access to coaching and match action, with 25 players packing out the sports hall at David Dunn's old school to take on the Rovers striker on this particular occasion.
Having given the girls a brief overview of his playing career, he then got into his stride by playing in a series of nine-a-side games, played at such a frantic pace that he considered it like being a bonus training session!
Stokes went on to give the girls tips on how to strike the ball cleanly as he oversaw a penalty shoot out competition and was then in hot demand for autographs and selfies as he helped to complete a memorable afternoon for all the players involved.
High schools that think their girls' teams could benefit from regular weekly sessions delivered by Community Trust coaches should contact girls' football development officer Andy Aspinall via firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information.