The 10th Schools' Sustainability Conference came to Ewood Park for the first time in its history, bringing children from 35 Lancashire schools to the stadium to learn how to lead more planet-friendly lives.
Three levels of the Darwen End were buzzing with eager students, not to mention a number of other creatures you wouldn't normally see within the stadium, including owls and various other birds of prey, plus a couple of millipedes for good measure!
They were all brought in to help children learn about how best to protect the natural surroundings and wildlife around them, in a concept delivered by Eco Schools, who strive to promote sustainable development education issues to young audiences.
The Darwen End lower concourse was alive with countless other interactive attractions, including sand and water simulations showing how rivers flow, clay modelling and the chance to see how bees make a positive impact on the environment. The classrooms and lounges within the stand then housed various debates and other practical workshops to help get the message across to the impressionable minds.
Martin Winters, business development manager at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, was part of the club-wide team that helped to deliver an event that was enjoyed by hundreds of visitors to the stadium.
He explained that the hard work in pulling together such a vast event was richly rewarding, explaining: "We were asked through the club to help stage the event after it out-grew its previous location, so we were delighted to step in at the last minute and take on the challenge of hosting the Sustainability Conference.
"The event organisers from Lancashire Schools Sustainability Forum juggled all kinds of intriguing concepts and some logistically-challenging ideas to make it as fun to experience for the staff as it was for the children, and the scale of the event impressed us all.
"It was a delight to welcome children from all across the county to come and learn in an engaging fashion at the stadium and we'd be delighted to turn the hosting into an annual event to help a very worthwhile initiative."
The day was also a perfect chance for visiting schools to discover the learning potential that Ewood Park can offer, both on site and off site, in particular through the Premier League Primary Stars programme. A number of new schools expressed an interest in signing up on the day and your school can do likewise by visiting www.plprimarystars.com and selecting Blackburn Rovers as your local club to come on board with our Community Trust team.