For those who aren’t as fluent in French as two of Blackburn Rovers’ newest Academy recruits, the headline reads that it was ‘a good afternoon’ as they took part in a special event to mark European Day of Languages.
For a second year in a row, a Rovers delegation met with pupils from Ribblesdale High School, who are keen supporters of the linguistic celebration with a week of foreign language fun every year.
Following on from a Spanish Q&A with David Raya and Stefan Mols last year, it was the turn of Enzo Boyomo and Jalil Saadi to take the barrage of questions this time, with the two new arrivals from France being quizzed about their careers in French and English.
Despite only being one school year older than the year 11 pupils taking part, the two recent signings – who hail from Toulouse – took to the concept with aplomb, showing the importance of fluency in a second language by talking about how it has helped them to quickly adapt to life at Brockhall.
A change of venue meant that the event was hosted in the pleasant surroundings of Trinity Methodist Church in Clitheroe, who kindly made their recent refurbished facilities available for the hour-long gathering.
“It was a strange experience at first but I think it was a very good thing to do for both me and the kids,” explained midfielder Saadi, who has recently been part of Rovers’ U23 squad.
It was also enjoyed by defender Boyomo – who is also known more formally by his first name of Flavien – who added:
“Some of them spoke some good French and we were able to talk to them about their careers and give them some advice. It was a nice place to have the meeting and I enjoyed the visit.”