Rovers midfield pair Willem Tomlinson and Lewis Hardcastle swapped their boots for cricket bats on Tuesday afternoon as they paid a visit to St Peter’s Primary School in Darwen.
The two Rovers academy graduates were on hand to see the positive impact Blackburn Rovers Community Trust are making on a daily basis in local primary schools across the region through the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
Tomlinson and Hardcastle started their visit with a stop off at each classroom for an introduction to the children from the different year groups.
However, for Tomlinson and Hardcastle, their competitive edge came out soon after as they participated in the Year 5’s cricket match in St Peter’s main hall.
The pair were separated and put on opposing teams, with team Hardcastle coming out victorious by just two runs against team Tomlinson.
After the cricket came to an end, the whole school came together in the sports hall for a Q&A session with the duo, with the questions varying from who is the best player they have come up against to what career they would have chosen if they didn’t play football at a professional level.
Hardcastle, who has captained the Under-23 team this season, admitted it was pleasing to see how many children were interested and supported Blackburn Rovers.
“We all enjoy visiting local schools and sharing our experiences and advice to the children,” admitted Hardcastle.
“There are so many children that enjoy playing football and participating in different sports which is great to see.
“I have been on a few player appearances now visiting schools in the local area and it is important the club continue to do so.
“When I went to school we didn’t get the chance to meet professional footballers but times have changed and we enjoy meeting the children and seeing how interested they are in what we do.”
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