Rovers supporter Bradley Brooks has darted his way to success in recent weeks after rightfully earning his place on the PDC tour, the elite level of darts.
However, on his climb to the summit of the sport he has been playing since a young age, Brooks has crossed paths with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and participated in the Premier League Enterprise programme during the 2015/16 academic year.
The now 17-year-old attended The Heights Free School in Blackburn, which is situated just one mile away from Ewood Park.
In 2015, Brooks and his fellow class mates came together and one of their tasks as part of the Premier League Enterprise programme was to come up with a new sport.
The idea they came up with was a sport that fuses football and darts, the two sports Brooks holds closest to his heart. The concept was certainly one that wowed Blackburn Rovers’ Premier League Enterprise staff.
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s deputy chief executive officer David Dunwell, who ran the programme the year Brook was involved, remembers The Heights’ pitch well.
He said: “The students worked hard to learn about how Blackburn Rovers functions as a business, also aiming to improve their work-related and inter-personal skills in the process.
“I remember Bradley well, he is a great lad and it is fantastic to see him doing so well. I would like to hope that some of his learnings on our course, combined with his passion for darts and football have contributed towards his success.
”I wish him all the best for the rest of his darts career!”
Liam Bedford, the Trust’s current Premier League Enterprise Coordinator added: “I hope his success can inspire current pupils on the enterprise programme.
His success can show the present pupils how important it is to work hard and strive for excellence in any line of work or activity they have aspirations for.
“We hope that the skills he acquired during his time here help him manage his achievements.”
Earlier this week, Brooks paid a special visit to the club’s Senior Training Centre to meet his namesake Bradley Dack for a three games dart challenge.
As expected, Brooks came out as the convincing winner with a 3-0 victory. Speaking after his visit to the STC, Brooks said: “It was very enjoyable and probably did better than I expected.
“It means a lot and I won't forget this. I’m a season ticket holder and go as much as I can, when time allows. It's great to see the team doing so well at the moment in the league.”
Everyone at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust wishes Bradley Brooks well on the PDC tour.