Rising stars Ryan Nyambe and Lewis Travis were impressed with the speed of progress shown by children at Westwood Primary School in Clayton-le-Woods, who demonstrated a fantastic understanding of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's Anti-Racism and Citizenship programme when the duo popped in to their latest classroom session.
Just three weeks into the Trust's bespoke project at the school, aimed at removing discrimination from our society, Ryan and Lewis watched on - and even joined in where possible - as the year six class created some fantastic posters on a theme of anti-racism and prejudice to a strict 30 minute deadline.
Pencil crayons, print outs, scissors, glue and even some creative props from around the classroom were brought into play as the ten and 11-year-old children created some colourful designs, aided by some fine colouring-in and idea generation from the two players!
When the stopwatch counted down to zero, the two young first teamers were then pitted the tricky challenge of choosing a winning design from the afternoon's efforts. In the end, a group that took the time to look up and print a collection of legendary Rovers players' photos to add to their poster ended up claiming the honours.
Right back Ryan admitted he was impressed with the skills on show.
“It’s a worldwide thing that needs to be stopped," he said when discussing the messages driven home throughout the day.
"The kids showed great spirit and team work and I was surprised by the quality of the posters. Everyone is in good spirits right now and it’s good to give something back to the community."
Ilyas Patel, community inclusion manager at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, was delighted that the group produced such fantastic work to a tight deadline, so early into the delivery of the programme at the school. He explained:
"The Anti-Racism and Citizenship project is new for this season, so we're in the early days of delivering it to local schools, but we're delighted with how quickly the children in all areas appear to be picking up the message and understanding its meaning.
"The pupils at Westwood Primary School have been very receptive to the programme and I was very impressed to see how many of the groups remembered some of the key lines from the first couple of weeks and included them in their posters.
"The players were a massive help on the day too, with both of them showing a real willingness to talk to the pupils about what the concept means and then help them to put it into words and colours.
"The pupils were a credit to the school and the players were a credit to the club - it was a pleasure to be part of the event."
Schools that wish to enjoy welcoming our team to deliver the Anti-Racism and Citizenship programme in their classrooms are invited to contact Ilyas Patel via firstname.lastname@example.org
The concept ties in neatly with the theme of this weekend's #OneRovers Day fixture when Blackburn take on Northampton Town at Ewood Park. Join us on a day when we celebrate all the positive work we undertake in order to promote inclusion and diversity by ordering tickets now via www.eticketing.co.uk/OneRovers/
or call 01254 372000.