Drama, excitement and education… Corry Evans and Derrick Williams' visit to St. Leonard’s Primary School in Langho had everything you could ask for!
The Irish pair called into the school, located only two miles away from the club’s Senior Training Centre, to play dodgeball, host a Q&A session and participate in a reading class with a select group of Year 2 students on Tuesday.
The visit came about as part of the Premier League Primary Stars project, which sees first-team players regularly take time out of their schedule to make guest appearances at schools across the region who work closely with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.
Premier League Primary Stars is a unique and exciting education programme designed to help children reach their goals and to upskill teachers.
Williams and Evans started off with two competitive dodgeball matches, with ‘Team Evans’ winning both, before they answered a number of questions posed by the students.
They concluded their afternoon with a reading session, with Evans, who has been at the club since August 2013, admitting he is accustomed to helping young children learn how to read.
He said: “I have a young daughter, so I am quite used to reading books at home. All of the children did a very good job and we were impressed.
“It was nice to visit St. Leonard’s and see so many of the club’s young supporters. We want to give something back to the community and we value their support.
“We also had fun joining in with their PE session at the beginning and playing a bit of dodgeball.
"I'm pretty sure my team won both games against Derrick’s, but we both had a good laugh and it was fun!”
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