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Duo head to Darwen to inspire Rovers readers

Elliott Bennett and Joe Rothwell take part in Premier League Primary Stars scheme

12 October 2018

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Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s quest to get local children reading thanks to the help of the club’s first team stars continued apace as Elliott Bennett and Joe Rothwell inspired children at St Peter’s CE Primary School in Darwen.

The club’s official charity continues to promote a strong message around the theme of reading this term as part of its Premier League Primary Stars delivery in local schools, with nine players backing the concept in a series of visits over the course of the past three weeks.

The latest pair to head out into the local community took part in a series of question and answer sessions with most of the school’s year group, with several of the pre-prepared questions aimed at using the players’ experiences of reading to encourage the youngsters to follow in their lead.

A visit to the year two classroom saw them reading poetry to the group, while a trip outdoors to the sun-kissed school yard saw them enthusiastically joining in with dodgeball with Key Stage Two pupils – all conducted with big smiles on the players and pupils’ faces alike.

“Both players were amazing with their open and honest answers to the children and we discovered all sorts of secrets about the pair, including the stories that Elliott has read to his children or the type of dog that Joe owns,” explained Amy Taylor, who helped to present the visit on behalf of the Community Trust.

“Their willingness to help goes a long way and has helped to further a special friendship between Blackburn Rovers and St Peter’s that has extended back over many years. It’s a school full of Rovers fans, so it was lovely to see how the children’s faces lit up when they saw which two players had turned up in their classrooms and assembly hall.”

Local schools can have their classroom or playground delivery enriched by enlisting the services of the Community Trust through their wonderful packages such as Premier League Primary Stars or Kinder +Sport Move and Learn. To discover more, email Amy Taylor via

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