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BRCT camps provide opportunity for young footballers


Rovers Idol was a scheme launched by Blackburn Rovers Community Trust ahead of the 2017/18 season with the intention to hand young supporters an amazing opportunity to walk out with the first team at a home fixture by being a player escort.

The programme also presented a chance for the winners to attend a five week trial with Blackburn Rovers Academy’s Player Development Centre.

The Rovers Idol package was exclusive to those children that attended the Community Trust’s Football Camp during the summer holidays.

The objective was to choose ten winners, selected during three special player appearances when members of the Blackburn Rovers first team visited the Camp to watch and judge the football skills of the youngsters.

The Rovers players observed all the different age groups before selected their winner to be one of the ten Rovers Idols.

Judges included England U20 World Cup winner Harry Chapman, who decided to judge twice after he enjoyed his first to the Football Camp that much, he asked if he could be a judge once again.

A second international, Canadian goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler also volunteered to be a judge and former Scotland winger Craig Conway.

The other first team players that got involved in the Rovers Idol were Derrick Williams, academy graduate Ryan Nyambe and striker Marcus Antonsson.

Striker Antonsson explained the importance the first team had in the local community. He said: “It was amazing to see how happy the children were playing football. It is important that we make an effort to meet all of the children involved with Blackburn Rovers.

“We want to go out into the local community and build relationships so events like the Football Camps are vital.”

The Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s Football Camps were attended by more than a hundred different children and the special appearances from the club did not just end with the first team.

Eight Blackburn Rovers Academy players were given the opportunity to try their hand at coaching by hosting sessions at the BRCT Football Camp.

The training sessions, which were organised in conjunction with the PFA, are a compulsory part of the players’ studies in order to receive their FA Level 2 in coaching.