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Opening game for Trust disability team

Rovers goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler popped into the BRIC for a session at the weekend...

13 February 2019

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The Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Disability team were in action last Saturday as Bootle Buck Inclusion FC visited in the first match for the team.

Ahead of kick-off, there was a nice suprise for the players of both teams as Rovers first-team goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler took time out of his busy matchday schedule to drop in on the excited players.

Jayson, who was preparing himself for Rovers' first-team fixture against Bristol City that same afternoon, gave some words of encouragement to the lads, had pictures and wished both teams the very best of luck.

The game itself was a spirited meeting and one that saw visitors Bootle win, but they were a credit to their club by being supportive and gracious in victory.

Following their meeting on the pitch, the players sat together and took in the clash against Bristol City. At half-time both teams were invited to take to the Ewood Park pitch to take penalties in front of the packed Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End, an amazing experience for all involed.

And Disability Sports Officer Matt Pilkington hailed the day as a huge success.

"The game itself provided the opportunity for both sets of players to meet new friends from a different team," he said.

"It's a huge credit to both sets of parents and guardians who took the time out of their busy schedules to bring the children along for the day."

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