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There's a national award in recognition of their support for Galloway’s Society for the Blind

19 September 2018

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The NCS Youth Board at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust are urging the club’s fans to get voting and help them to win a national award in recognition of their support for Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

The group of teenagers - which was formed by graduates from the National Citizen Service programme operated by the club’s official charity – meet regularly to help create awareness and fundraising for local good causes, with themes around mental health including suicide prevention and support for the homeless being among their recent successful campaigns. 

Their nomination for the NCS Social Action Stars Award comes as a result of The Galloway’s Cup, which they arranged and hosted at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre in April. The concept saw numerous local sports teams and community groups invited to the sports facility at Ewood Park to participate in a blindfolded football event, raising over £1,000 for Galloway’s and increasing the awareness of mental health challenges faced by those who are blind or visually impaired. 

The contest sees the youngsters being named as the only northern contenders for the title, taking on three other noteworthy campaigns undertaken by NCS participants in southern areas of the country, so we are encouraging Rovers fans to get voting via Twitter and bring yet another trophy to Ewood Park in 2018.

Voting couldn’t be simpler – the NCS Youth Board are ‘Team 4’ in the embedded quote below, so if you’re logged in to your Twitter account, please click on the relevant button and hit send between now and 11.59pm on Sunday 23rd September when voting closes.



Winning this accolade would be a worthy reward for the efforts of the tireless NCS Youth Board at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, whose chair Shannon McLaughlin explained.

“Our social action project made us realise how difficult it actually is living your day-to-day life not being able to see anything. Watching people of different generations putting themselves in the shoes of blind footballers was amazing to see too.

“Blackburn came together as a community that day to support our cause and our social action project showed that there are so many ways to raise awareness for such a strong subject.”

NCS is open to anybody aged 16 or 17 and offers potentially the best four weeks you’ll spend in your young lives.

Visit the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust website to find out more about how you can enrol for this chance of a lifetime by clicking here.

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