It was a day to remember for local school children earlier this week, when Rovers Under-23 players Joe Grayson and Connor Thomson dropped by for a special visit.
Dancing and reading were just two of the activities on the agenda at St. Silas Primary School, as the players interacted with more than 100 pupils.
The visit to the Blackburn-based school was part of the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars project and was split into three different sessions.
First up for Thomson and Grayson was a reading session, as they listened to students read passages from a variety of different publications.
After, they headed over to a dance session in the sports hall, hosted by the Trust’s very own Jen Calvert.
The players certainly didn’t shy away and got straight involved in the dancing session, to the children’s amusement.
Finally, Grayson and Thomson went into a busy classroom with more than 60 children to answer a variety of questions ranging from their routes into professional football to their favourite team on FIFA 18.
Grayson, the son of former Blackburn Rovers player Simon, was participating in his first-ever player appearance, and emphasised their importance to the local community.
“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “It was really good to see all the young kids and it brought back memories from when I was at primary school.
“There was some very good questions, some testing but it was all in good fun.
"Blackburn Rovers is such a big football club and ultimately they are the future, so hopefully many of the children will come and support the club in the future.
“I went to school in Clitheroe and I know how inspiring it is to meet professional footballers and hopefully we can continue making an impact.”