Dozens of young female footballers got the chance to make their debuts at the most impressive of surroundings - Ewood Park!
They were representing ten local primary schools as the home of Blackburn Rovers played host to the Premier League Primary Stars Year 3 Girls' Football Festival, organised by Blackburn Rovers Community Trust to encourage female participation in the game.
On a sunny morning, the stadium was a spectacle to behold as colour and cheer came to the forefront in an event that eventually saw Feniscowles St Paul's beat Balladen Community Primary School 1-0 in an even final.
They were the two top-performing teams on the day, as the seven and eight-year-olds got to grips with the rules and the basics of team play, with a number of players showing an immediate aptitude for the sport.
Andy Aspinall, girls' football development officer at the Community Trust, used his closing speech at the event to encourage as many girls as possible to join their local grassroots teams off the back of the talent that was on show. He explained:
"In events like this, we're always a little bit lenient with the rules as you have a number of brand new players who are still coming to terms with how football is played, but on the whole, they picked it up very quickly, and you could see a number of players shining in the surroundings.
"We're delighted that local schools are responding in really good numbers to all of our tournaments at the moment, and it's evidently becoming one of the places to be if you want to get involved in well-organised competitions with great opportunities to play in fantastic environments like Ewood Park."
The event was used as a showcase for the Premier League Primary Stars project, which has had a phenomenal impact in schools nationwide this season. To discover how it can boost PE and the wider curriculum at your school, sign up via www.plprimarystars.com
, making sure to select 'Blackburn Rovers' from the 'local club' menu when you register.