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Trust takes FA Women's award

Rovers scooped three prizes at the event

21 May 2019

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A sensational run of trophy success has now seen Blackburn Rovers Community Trust taking home one of the top titles at the FA Women's Football Awards.

The development programme for female participation was named as the winner of the Best Football Development Initiative in Women's and Girls' Football Award, as part of a high profile ceremony at the England squad's St George's Park base.

The Community Trust has been a passionate supporter of female football for many years, with stand-out initiatives such as long-running girls' development centres and recently instigated Blackburn Rovers Futsal Club - which offers all-girl sessions - among the highlights.

Further successes including the staging of the biggest primary school girls' football tournament in the country over the course of the past year, as well as helping many young players make the step from community to academy football at Rovers' Regional Talent Club, were all contributing factors to being handed the trophy on the night.

It was a hugely successful night for all connected with Blackburn Rovers Ladies. Gemma Donnelly received The FA Women's National League Manager of the Year and Saffron Jordan collected her Top Goal Scorer Award for The FA Women's National League Northern Premier Division.

Gary Robinson, chief executive officer at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, was delighted to see another prestigious honour being handed to his organisation.

"Our commitment to women and girls' football has been evident over many years and we're proud that our grassroots community programme has provided so many opportunities for young players to play the game for the first time or feel inspired to take it to the next level, as seen by the number of girls in the Blackburn Rovers Academy that have previously been part of our regular projects.

"Receiving this award is a great tribute to our team who have provided so many opportunities for female players to increase their involvement in the game and is a nice present for our departing women and girls' football officer, Andy Aspinall, who has been the consistent figure throughout all of this delivery period.

"His hard work has provided an excellent platform for his successor and we hope to use this as a catalyst to inspire even more women and girls in our area to play football, at whatever level, if it hopefully alerts them to the many possibilities that we can offer to get them involved in the game."


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