Players at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s January Football/Activity Camp had a special visitor as Rovers defender Paul Downing dropped in at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre.
Downing got stuck straight in, as he joined in with a mini-match with some pre-school players and the stars of the future put the Rovers man to the test with some fancy footwork, before a short Q&A.
The defender then went over to join the older age group in a rolling penalty shoot-out game. Here, the 27-year-old showed that he's not only good with the ball at his feet, but he also had some skills as a goalkeeper – saving the day for his team between the sticks!
The players then got their opportunity to put some questions to Downing, who gave a fascinating insight into how he started as a footballer in the Midlands and some great advice on improving as a player and keeping a strong mindset.
"You've got to work hard, even at the age you're at now,” he said. “Play football everyday, that's exactly what I did. I played football everyday and got stronger. You'll face set-backs, but if you keep working hard you'll get to where you want to be."
The young players were left inspired by Downing’s words of wisdom and were eager to snap up a selfie before he departed the BRIC.