Blackburn Rovers Community Trust are delighted to be opening the doors of the club's Senior Training Centre at Brockhall this weekend for a huge regional tournament delivered by the Inter Madrassah Organisation (IMO).
Around 600 junior players representing 60 teams from school years two to eight will be taking part in IMO's Annual Multi Faith Football Tournament, which draws in competitors from all over the north west and is sponsored by YP Solutions Ltd.
Running throughout the day on Sunday, the five-a-side tournament will be taking place within the indoor training area at the prestigious facility, allowing all of the participants to enjoy the sensation of competing at the same venue as some iconic players over the past 20 years.
Most importantly, the numerous participants from a wide spectrum of backgrounds will be able to enjoy competing together in a fun and engaging environment.
Stephen Jones, chief executive of the Inter Madrassah Organisation, said:
"The 'inter-faith' football tournament is not about finding the next football star, it’s about working in partnership with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and its huge brand to engage with as many young people as possible to encourage them to participate in positive activities which promote community cohesion, safety and more importantly an uptake in healthy lifestyles.
"Indeed, over the next six months we hope to strengthen our partnership with BRCT to introduce other mass participation events to increase community participation across the borough."
Ilyas Patel, community inclusion manager at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust - the official charity of Blackburn Rovers - added:
"Like ourselves, the Inter Madrassah Organisation is a hugely active organisation within our community, making a positive impact on local lives, so it makes perfect sense to combine our skills and resources for the benefit of all involved.
"Our thanks go to the key people at the football club who have agreed to let us come in and make excellent use of a fantastic facility for a very worthwhile initiative.
"Hopefully it will also help to inspire some young football fans to become our fans of the future, having had an exciting insight into the top class venue that the Rovers players use on a daily basis."
In an added incentive for participants to shine, scouts representing Blackburn Rovers' Academy will be in attendance on the day, with refreshments available throughout the tournament, which is set to run between 10.30am and 5pm, with staggered start times for each age group to minimise congestion on approach to the venue.
Any teams hoping to register for the few remaining places in selected age groups are welcome to sign up at www.inter-madrassah.org/tournament or can obtain further information via 01254 781310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.