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Amari'i and Marcus head to skill school!

Rovers pair assess skills on show from young Rovers fans

17 February 2018

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Rovers defender Amari’i Bell admitted he can already tell how close-knit the football club is with the local community.

The 23-year-old, who joined the club last month from Fleetwood, participated in his first player appearance as a Rovers player on Friday afternoon, joining team mate Marcus Antonsson at the February half-term Football Camp in the Indoor Centre.

Bell and Antonsson were tasked to judge a skills session, with more than 50 children taking part, and choose four lucky winners to take away a signed Rovers shirt. 

After a difficult selection process, Amari'i and Marcus chose their select four before concluding their visit to the Indoor Centre by presenting all the children with specially made Rovers medal to round off a memorable week at the Football Camp.

Speaking after the event, Bell admitted he instantly recognised the importance the club play in the local community by the children's reaction to seeing both himself and Marcus. 

“The local community and the club are close and I could tell straight away at the Football Camp there is a strong connection,” said Bell. 

“We judged a skills competition and it was very tough because there were so many talented children. I was very impressed with what I saw.

“There were so many children who were happy to see us and it is nice that we can put smiles on their faces and we are happy they are having such a good time at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s Football and Activity Camps.”

To find out more information about the next Football and Activity Camps at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, please email

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