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Antonsson - Great to see the kids in Rovers shirts

31 August 2017

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Striker Marcus Antonsson believes the Rovers first team have an essential role to play within the local community.

The 26-year-old, on loan from Leeds United, made his first player appearance to the penultimate summer Football Camp session of the year at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre on Thursday afternoon. 

Antonsson was joined by Rovers team mates Craig Conway and Harry Chapman, with the latter attending his second Football Camp in just three weeks.

The players’ responsibilities were to choose the next group of Rovers Idol winners, with three young footballers selected after two competitive yet fun skills session in front of the trio.

 “It was amazing to see how happy the children were playing football,” said the Swede. “It is important that we make an effort to meet all of the children involved with Blackburn Rovers.

“We want to go out into the local community and build relationships so events like the Football Camps are vital.”

It has been yet again another successful summer for the BRCT Football Camps; with hundreds of children coming through the BRIC doors to enjoy the football sessions put together by the Trust’s qualified coaches.  

But what pleased Antonsson the most from his visit to the Football Camp was the high number of children donning the famous blue and white Blackburn Rovers kit.

He continued: “A lot of the children were wearing Rovers shirts and that is exactly what we want to see. 

“Our aim is to be role models for every young football fan in this area so they can proudly wear the Blackburn shirt and show their support.

“The club has great facilities including the Indoor Centre which is right next to Ewood Park, meaning that all the kids who attend the Football Camp will see the stadium every day.”

For Antonsson’s team mate Conway, this wasn’t his first visit to one of Football Camps since joining the club in 2014 from Cardiff City.

The Scot concluded by saying: “Over the years I've been out here a few times and the numbers are really good. A lot of the kids look as if they are enjoying themselves, so it is always good to come down here and you are starting to see a lot more Blackburn strips as well, which is really good to see.”

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