‘We’ve got Richie Smallwood, he’s the King of Ewood, he never gives the ball away’ is the song that has become ever so popular with Rovers supporters in recent months.
The catchy tune was sang on numerous occasions on Monday afternoon at Avondale Primary School, located just two miles away from Ewood Park, as Smallwood paid a visit alongside team-mate Danny Graham.
The duo have played a combined 51 times for Tony Mowbray’s side this season, and visited the Darwen-based school as part of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’ Premier League Primary Stars project.
The Premier League Primary Stars project is aimed to engage, connect and inspire boys and girls aged four to 11 years old into regular sport and activity promoting fair play, motivation and ambition to reach their goals and potential.
Smallwood and Graham participated in a number of activities including watching a Tots2Tyres session with the reception class, a reading session with the Year 6 pupils as they recited passages from Jason and the Golden Fleece and answered questions in front of an all school assembly.
Speaking at Avondale, Smallwood explained why it is important the first-team squad show their support towards schools in the surrounding area.
He said: “It is always good to try and put smiles on faces and we want to give something back to the local community. They support the team every week so it is important that we support them too.
“It's great that Rovers work with so many schools and all the players enjoy our visits. Hopefully the children that we meet in all the different schools will grow up to support Rovers.”
Monday's visit to Avondale is one of five different player appearances scheduled at both primary and secondary schools this week in the lead up to Saturday’s League One match at home to Northampton Town.
Keep a look out on the club and Trust’s social media channels this week as we will be providing full coverage and reaction from each school visit.
To find out more about the Premier League Primary Stars programme, please call 01254 508256