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Harry and Dom discover the #JoyOfMoving!

It was Team Chapman v Team Samuel at Langho St Leonard's Primary School

14 November 2019

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It was Team Chapman v Team Samuel at Langho St Leonard's Primary School as two of Rovers' top young talents sailed in for a game of battleships!

Winger Harry Chapman and forward Dominic Samuel got a chance to enjoy the school's new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) alongside year five pupils as they came along to see what the EFL Trust's #JoyOfMoving project entails when it's delivered by staff from Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.
After starting with a classroom visit to help pupils understand the importance and benefits of exercise, the move outdoors led to mass excitement, with hoops and sponge balls galore in evidence as part of the game's rules.
Firstly teaming up with one lucky pupil to form a team to take on the rest of her class, the rules were then adapted to split the class in half to side with the player of their choice, before rounding off with the chance for both players to take on the class - and a chance to exact revenge at those plucky youngsters who had been aiming sponge balls to their heads just moments earlier!
Dan Fletcher, community sports coach with the Community Trust, is a regular part of the #JoyOfMoving project, as he explained:
"Joy Of Moving is a great concept and we're one of a number of selected football club charities within the EFL Trust network that have been chosen to deliver this programme over the past six years.
"It's a fun and easy way of passing on the message of why it' important to eat healthily and live a healthy lifestyle, and the key theme really stays with the children when they have icons like Dominic and Harry coming along to endorse what we're saying.
"It's not every day that we ask players to become wrapped in hula hoops and have sponge balls thrown at them as part of unique teamwork games like battleships, but both lads were really good sports and got right into it.
"If nothing else, it was another good work out after a morning's training!"

Primary schools who would like to experience the benefits of #JoyOfMoving can find out more by contacting

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