Children from Euxton St. Mary's Catholic Primary School were the recipients of a series of special coaching classes from a host of Rovers' promising youngsters.
Organised by the Football Development Programme, John Buckley, Daniel Butterworth, Matthew Campbell, Hayden Carter, Ben Donnelly-Blackburn, Jack Evans, Frank Jones, Andy Jackson, Brad Lynch, Ben Paton, Lewis Thompson and Callum Wright all visited the school as part of a Summer Football Camp.
The second year scholars carried out a days worth of coaching to children aged between eight and 12 years as part of their PFA Level 2 Coaching Programme.
All apprentices take a Level 2 Coaching Certificates as part of their LFE ASE Framework during their two years as an apprentice at Rovers alongside other academic qualifications. In doing so the players learn and develop how to coach football to a variety of age groups and ability levels.
"Such experiences are invaluable to our apprentice players as it helps them develop not only their coaching but also communication skills when delivering to players within the community of a young age," said Assistant Head of Education Daniel Finch.
"It also provides the players with the qualification and experience required to begin their coaching journey, which they may rely on in the near or not too distant future if they choose to go down that pathway after football.
"The children involved really enjoyed meeting the players and being coached by them. It was a great experience for all involved.
"We are very thankful to Matt Walsh of the Football Development Programme - who is also one of our Academy coaches currently working with the Under 11’s - for allowing the apprentices the opportunity to take part in one of his football coaching events and allowing our players to practice some of the sessions that they had been preparing to meet the requirements of the course programme."