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Downing and Hart support BTEC programme

19 September 2017

Rovers defenders Paul Downing and Sam Hart offered important football and fitness advice to the Community Trust’s BTEC students.

Downing and Hart visited both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ team’s training sessions, which were held in the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre, casting a keen eye over the students’ football ability before discussing the fitness and dietary requirements needed to be a professional footballer.

The PFA were also in attendance to support the fantastic work Rovers do within the local community on a daily basis, with Downing and Hart’s appearance the first of three player appearances organised within 24 hours by the club and the Trust.

Downing, who joined Blackburn on loan from MK Dons on deadline day, admitted he always appreciated advice provided to him when he was younger, and pleased he can now return the favour.

“The students asked a number of interesting questions and showed a real interest in our careers and lifestyle,” said the 25-year-old. 

“I look back to when I was younger and I always took on board the advice the first team players offered me. It is a great way to learn and hopefully I passed on some information that will help them with their game. 

“The BTEC programme is very popular at Blackburn Rovers and straight away you can tell everyone is enjoying the course.”

Dennis Leman, who was in attendance from the PFA, praised Downing and Hart for the advice they offered the teenagers. 

He said: “From a PFA point of view, we want to see players getting involved within their local communities. 

“Both Paul and Sam engaged extremely well with the students. They hosted a Q&A session which was well received and they offered specific advice which will positively impact the students.”

The BTEC programme is still taking on students for this academic year. For further information, please email chris.mcgrail@brfctrust.co.uk or call 07792 573456.


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