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Richie and Peter head back to school...

Midfield duo participate in Q&A sessions and even bring their dance moves out at local school

7 December 2017

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Have you ever met the Queen? What's your favourite dinosaur? Which team mate do you think could survive a zombie apocalypse?

Those questions and many more were posed to midfield duo Peter Whittingham and Ritchie Smallwood as they visited local school Darwen St James Primary Academy, as part of the Trust’s Primary League Primary Stars programme.

Whittingham and Smallwood, who have played a key role in Rovers’ success on the field in recent weeks, spent nearly two hours at the primary school and even got involved in a dancing session hosted by our very own member of staff, Catherine Curran. 

Whittingham, who has attended numerous player appearances throughout his career, explained why it is worthwhile taking time out to meet the local children. 

"It was really good fun and the children certainly had some intriguing and weird questions to ask, which makes it more enjoyable,” admitted the 33-year-old. 

“If you can put a smile on just one of their faces it is a worthwhile visit. One of the children we visit at the number of primary schools we go to may just go on and play for Blackburn Rovers one day.

"It only takes one visit for children to think I want to play football. It can happen instantly. 

“There are a lot of player visits coming up in quick succession with Christmas on the horizon. The lads enjoy going out in the local community and meeting people in the area.”

To find out more about the Premier League Primary Stars programme, please call 01254 508256.


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