Rovers’ star Harry Pickering has been hearing from young people and their ideas for Blackburn town centre as part of a visit to the Blackburn Youth Zone.

He was among a number of Rovers' players and including manager, Jon Dahl Tomasson who have been taking part different activities during EFL (English Football League) Week of Action and National Youth Work week.

National Youth Work week is an annual dedicated week to recognise the importance of youth work and how youth workers positively impact young people’s lives.

Last week at a youth event to launch the Youth People’s Foundation was held at Blackburn Youth Zone, with members of the Rovers’ Neighbourhood Youth Office team invited to show their support.

Harry Pickering and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust chief executive, Gary Robinson, were in attendance. 

The event celebrated young people’s talents and listened to their thoughts, ideas and opinions during a consultation activity focusing on the development of Blackburn town centre.

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The young people had the opportunity to participate in three activities over a two hour period, with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust running various sporting activities on the night.

Speaking at the event, Pickering said: ““It has been brilliant to see everyone come together and participate in various activities. It was an enjoyable evening.

“It was great to see so many supporters. Without supporters, football would be nothing so it was good to speak to them and also see them having fun!"

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He added: “EFL Week of Action and National Youth Work Week are very important. It is great to see our Community Trust involved in a wide range of activities.

“It is important we recognise we have to support young people and it helps when they have places to go and things to do. 

“We need to help them keep safe, stay off the streets and enjoy doing activities together. The players see on a matchday just how much of an important role the community has at Blackburn Rovers.”