The first participants on Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s new disability football sessions got an unexpected bonus on the concept’s launch week – a grand tour of Ewood Park, complete with the chance to set foot on the famous pitch!
More than a dozen young people and their families came to the stadium earlier this week to discover more about the activities that we have in store for them, making sport accessible to children with a variety of different needs.
Aimed at anyone aged eight to 16 who considers themselves to have a disability, the concept will primarily be based at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre adjacent to the Darwen End stand, taking place from 5pm-6pm on Monday evenings, both during and outside the school term.
The concept costs just £3 per session and has been made possible thanks to financial support from the Wembley National Stadium Trust – a charity linked to the home of English football that backs grassroots participation initiatives of this nature.
It is hoped that over time, sufficient interest can help lead to the creation of Blackburn Rovers representative sides in specific fields of disability football, subject to the number of players involved and the generation of charitable income through initiatives such as the recent Blue and White Day, which raised money towards that aspiration.
A member of Rovers’ promotion-winning squad, goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler, has proudly stepped forward to volunteer as Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s disability sports ambassador, and he is looking forward to seeing the sessions go from strength to strength. The Canadian international explained:
“I think that the disability football sessions are a great opportunity for young people to come and play and forget their disability. The players have the chance to train at Blackburn Rovers and create friendships that may last a lifetime.
“I have worked previously with children with disabilities and its fantastic to see the smiles on the players’ faces when they arrive to play.”
If your child wants to join in the fun, please contact Matthew Pilkington, disability multi-sports officer at BRCT, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01254 508257.