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Ladies link-up with Community Trust

Two successful branches of Rovers have joined forces to encourage a healthy lifestyle

17 January 2019

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Rovers Ladies and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust have linked up to launch the School Soccersise Scheme.

The Community Trust are handing out free match tickets for upcoming Ladies games to local primary school children. 

This Scheme will afford matchday access to all the schools that are working closely with the Trust, to promote intergeneration and an active lifestyle for school goers and parents alike. 

Nick Cooney, Senior Sport and Education Development Officer at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, said: “We have a really good involvement with the men’s first team and we wanted to show the same commitment to the Ladies.

“Gemma (Donnelly) approached us about getting more children down to the games. We go into a lot of schools in Blackburn and Darwen so it would be a good initiative for the Community Trust to help the Ladies team. 

“With the Ladies being the top team in the North West and the Trust winning a North West Award in 2018, it made sense to bring both together and work more closely in the future to really try and promote each other.”

School children and their parents will be encouraged to take part in a timed one-mile walk around the perimeter of the stadium before kick-off and have their picture taken at the finish line. 

They will then be able to enjoy a feast of football action at Bamber Bridge’s Sir Tom Finney Stadium, home of Blackburn Rovers Ladies. 

The Blues have already scored over 100 goals this season and won every game in all competitions during 2018/19.

“A big push in schools is the ‘mile a day’, so a similar thing on matchdays ties in pretty well with that as well," Cooney continued.

"One of our key schemes is the Premier League Primary Stars. Part of our remit is women’s and girls so to link that with our primary schools helps too. 

“It will give them a better awareness of what Blackburn are doing as a club for women and girls and promote the good work that Gemma is doing with the Ladies team.

"Hopefully it gets numbers through the gates, and obviously the exercise element on matchdays.

“We’ve also got the intergeneration. The kids will come with parents too so it brings people together.”

Rovers Ladies Manager Gemma Donnelly commented: “It’s great to be able to work with the Community Trust and promote the team within our community by encouraging school goers to come and watch the Ladies in action.”

The Rovers Ladies: One Club Membership is also still on offer. This free membership is available to all local clubs and you can read more about it here

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