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Army whip Football Camp children into shape!

13 August 2017

Pete Dobson / The Army Football Association

Not many children will be returning to school next month saying they spent a day of their summer holidays being trained by the British Army!

However, the kids that attended the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Football Camp this week can boast to their friends they have, following the Army FA’s visit to Ewood Park for a special training session.

The Army FA are midway through their annual road show, visiting ten clubs in total, including Rovers’ fellow former Premier League champions Leicester City and Arsenal.

This year’s trip to BB2 is the fourth consecutive year that sergeant Stephen Durham and his colleagues have been to Rovers’ Football Camps.

And every year, the children in attendance have enjoyed the activities in place, including crawling through a camouflaged tunnel and using the precision to try and kick a football to hit the bulls eye on an inflatable dartboard.

Sergeant Durham, who hosted the sessions, admitted the most important part is seeing the smiles on the participants’ faces.

He said: “This is our fourth visit to Blackburn Rovers and once again we have enjoyed a very productive session.

“The children participated in a number of military style activities which incorporated football but the important part is that they have fun and they do love the activities we put in place.

“We amalgamate fitness and football with a military theme to make it as exciting as possible and all the kids want to get involved.”

The Football Camps at BRCT have been running now for a number of weeks, with a number of children enjoying their summer holidays by playing football at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre.

The football isn't even half way through though, with more than three weeks left before the new school year begins, so there is chance for your kids to enjoy the fun at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.

Nick Jackson-Cooney, senior sport and education development officer at the Community Trust, said: “We have built up a very successful relationship with the Army FA and we are pleased they came along to our camp again this year.

“The children always say they enjoy the sessions they organise and this year has been no different. The camp feels the benefits of having the Army FA organise sessions as it means alternate activities and the children respond and interact extremely well. 

“We thank the Army FA for taking the time to come along and hopefully we will see them again very soon.”

There are still many more Football Camp sessions to go before the end of the summer break. To book please call 01254 508256. We are open every weekday until Friday 1st September, excluding the Bank Holiday Monday in August.


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