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New coach more than passes the test!

The Rovers squad will be travelling in style this season

17 August 2018

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Rovers' long-running relationship with Coach Options has gone up a gear after the club's new state-of-the-art team bus arrived at Brockhall.

The Irizar i8 Integral, which has flagship levels of luxury, safety and sophistication, received the seal of approval from the Rovers squad at the Senior Training Centre, ahead of its maiden journey to Hull City this weekend.

Manager Tony Mowbray had a key say in the specifications of the vehicle, which will transport the players up and down the country throughout the Championship campaign. 

To maximise leg-room and passenger comfort, the 14m executive coach has just 37 seats, which are upholstered in full leather and feature lateral displacement to allow for extra elbow room.

Other amenities include a central kitchen unit, which comprises of two microwaves, large refrigerator drawers and a Nespresso drinks machine, as well as 14 TV monitors with Sky HD, tables with QI charging points and USB sockets, on-board WiFi and LED lighting in a range of colours, including Rovers' blue!

The ultra-modern appearance is further enhanced by privacy-tinted windows.

Gareth Williams, Operations Manager of Coach Options, said: "The other top class coach that they had was coming to the end of its term and the manager wanted an upgrade with more space, so we've built and delivered this state-of-the-art, hi-tech and unbelievable spec coach specially for Blackburn Rovers.

"Coach travel is so important for football teams - they can't go without it - so it's so important that they are comfortable and have everything that they need. 

"We're massively proud of the link-up we have with the football club. This is our 37th season with the club, we've gone through the highs and the lows, but Blackburn Rovers and Options just go together and hopefully that will be the same for a long time to come.

"It's clear that Blackburn Rovers are going back in the right direction, we're happy to play a small part in that and hopefully moving forward with this new coach we can go up to the top again."

Stuart Smithson, Area Sales Manager for Irizar UK, added: “We at Irizar UK are proud to supply this top-of-the-range Irizar i8 to Coach Options and Blackburn Rovers, and we hope that travelling in luxury will keep the players relaxed before every game.”

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