Proud parent Paul McKenna showed his support for the EFL Trust Kids Cup after his sons’ team advanced to the third stage of the competition at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.
McKenna, who's recognised in the local area for playing professionally for neighbours Preston North End more than 400 times, watched on from the sidelines at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre as his two sons played an integral part in helping Eccleston reach the next round, and McKenna, who also represented the likes of Nottingham Forest and Hull City in his playing days, was impressed with what was on offer for the youngsters.
“It is great for the children to come to a professional football club and experience the facilities on offer,” admitted Paul.
“We participated in the competition last year at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and we did really well and they had the opportunity to play on Ewood Park. Hopefully they can go one better this year.
“There is a lot of talent out there and by doing tournaments like the EFL Kids Cup, players will get spotted so it is important for the game and the local area.”
It was yet again another busy day at BRCT with the EFL Kids Cup now in full swing, swiftly off the back of Friday’s South Ribble heat at Walton Le Dale high school where Whitefield Primary School from Penwortham claimed victory.
Mr Thomas, who is a teacher at St Aidan’s C of E primary school, who competed in Monday’s round of games added: “It was a really enjoyable tournament and there were some good matches throughout the day.
“I can’t fault Blackburn Rovers and it really is a community club. The Community Trust do a lot and get the local children on board. It helps make the children feel good and everyone is a winner.”
The final EFL Kids Cup heat will take place next Monday at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre. If you wish to enter your school, please give us a call now and see if you are eligible by ringing 01254 508256.