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Jade hoping to win on home soil

5 May 2017

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Blackburn Rovers Community Trust will be hoping for a home win as the Legends' Lounge hosts the Blackburn with Darwen Sports Council Awards for the first time on Friday night.

The borough's prestigious prize-giving ceremony for grassroots sports stars is taking place at Ewood Park for the very first time and one young star who is very familiar with the venue could be in line to take home one of the awards.

Jade Elliott, who is currently in the second year of her BTEC in Sport studies with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, has been nominated for the Young Volunteer of the Year Award, thanks to the extra effort she has contributed on top of her academic work.

She has been the driving force behind the NCS Youth Board that has been created in our area to try and entice other teenagers onto the Community Trust's life-changing NCS programme, a coach at our Premier League Girls' Football programme at Tauheedul Islam Girls' School, Rover The Dog's matchday chaperone and much more - all of which has been on a voluntary basis as she looks to give herself a kick-start towards a career in sport.

Chris McGrail, head of NCS and BTEC at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, is hoping that Jade can take home the silverware as a reward for some sterling effort throughout her time with the organisation, explaining:

"Jade was very brave in committing to our combined education and futsal programme last year, as she became the only female player in the country to complete the season.

"She has then proven to be an inspiration to others, with a considerable number of female players now taking part in the EFL Trust competition this season, which runs as a bonus alongside our education programme.

"There is so much to commend about everything she has contributed to the club and Community Trust over the past couple of years, so being recognised as one of our town's leading young achievers is a fine reward for that.

"We're really hoping that she can make it a great night all round by winning the award as we celebrate hosting the ceremony for the first time."

Friday night's event gets underway at 7.30pm, with around a dozen top awards up for grabs. Each of the winners on the night will go on to represent Blackburn with Darwen at the prestigious Lancashire Sports Awards at the end of the year, with each of their places sponsored by Blackburn Rovers Community Trust to fund the cost of their attendance.

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