After the success of their return in 2016, the Blackburn and Darwen Secondary Schools Sports Association (BDSSA) cup finals are coming back to Ewood Park next week even bigger and better.
Following on from a marathon day of four finals for years seven to ten a year ago, all five years of secondary school are going to be represented in this year's event, which runs throughout the day on Tuesday 16th May.
Starting at 9.30am and concluding around 5.45pm, six different high schools will be competing for glory cross the five finals, with the schedule as follows:
9.30am - Year 7 Final - St Bede's v Darwen Vale
11am - Year 8 Final - St Wilfrid's v QEGS
12.30pm - Year 9 Final - Pleckgate v St Wilfrid's/DACA
2pm - Year 10 Final - DACA v QEGS
4pm - Year 11 Final - St Bede's v St Wilfrid's
All of the finals will be 11-a-side contests, with the exception of the Year 7 final, which is being played as a nine-a-side affair on a shortened pitch.
Gary Robinson, chief executive officer of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, is delighted that his organisation has been able to work with the BDSSA to provide this exciting sporting showcase once again, explaining:
"It's our privilege to be able to open the doors of Ewood Park so that more than 100 of our top local up-and-coming players can showcase their talents at one of the best stadiums in the region, watched by hundreds of family, friends and well-wishers in the crowd at each final.
"Our thanks go to the club for making the facilities available and to Andrew Mercer and his team at the BDSSA for working tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that every tournament runs so smoothly."
The Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand in the Jack Walker Lower Tier will be open throughout the day for free spectator access, with a commemorative programme for sale priced at just £1.