Join Blackburn Rovers star David Dunn for Youth Zone kickabout

David Dunn with event organiser Laura Jones

David Dunn with event organiser Laura Jones

First published in News

BUSINESSES from Blackburn are being encouraged to get their football boots on for a good cause.

The town’s Youth Zone and its ambassador, Rovers’ player David Dunn, are championing a high-class kick-about at Ewood Park.

The Big Kick is offering 12 teams of 15 the chance to play a tournament at Ewood Park, receive management training and be wined and dined at The Northcote at the Rovers.

Each player should raise £200 in sponsorship, amassing a total of £35,000, all of which will go to the young people’s resource centre.

Midfielder and Great Harwood native, Mr Dunn, said: “Quite a lot of young lads, and some girls, dream of playing football professionally, so this is a great opportunity for people to experience the life.

“Running out on to the pitch is pretty amazing, with the atmosphere and the history.

“I know the night before I first walked out on to there I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited. But the main thing is to raise money for such a good place for local kids to go. It gives them something healthy and fun to do and keeps them off the streets.

“The staff are tremendous and there’s so much to do, we’re really lucky around here to have such a place.

“That’s why I’m the ambassador here, because it’s important to the town to keep this place running.”

It costs the centre £1million per year to stay open, and as a registered charity, it is solely reliant on donations. Peter Little, chief executive at the Youth Zone, said: “Everybody who came to the day last year absolutely loved it.

“They’ve all signed up again this year so we must be doing something right.

“The teams brought their families to watch so there was a real buzz all along the bottom side of the stadium.

“Nobody in the tournament is a professional athlete, so seeing the people who weren’t quite fit enough was quite funny.

“We had beautiful sunshine last year too so it was a great day.”

This year’s Big Kick is on Saturday, May 25. To register, or for details, call Laura Jones on 01254 292000 or email laura.jones @blackburnyz.org.

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4:25pm Thu 14 Feb 13

MxMave says...

Poor Dunny, looking at the image, hes lost the use of his legs as they were crushed under his weight :( Semper Fi Dunny, Semper Fi.
Poor Dunny, looking at the image, hes lost the use of his legs as they were crushed under his weight :( Semper Fi Dunny, Semper Fi. MxMave
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4:32pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Mikeee47 says...

Funny how comments are never allowed on such news reports
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Funny how comments are never allowed on such news reports http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/new s/10229177.Brakes_pu t_on_drive_test_lang uage_barrier_in_East _Lancashire/ and not before time if you can't Speak or read our basic language how can you drive to our laws? Mikeee47
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5:19pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Funny how two Romainians get caught stealing three times and they are allowed to stay in our Country, again we cant comment on the LET WHYNOT?
Funny how two Romainians get caught stealing three times and they are allowed to stay in our Country, again we cant comment on the LET WHYNOT? Lancs - pensioner
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9:39pm Thu 14 Feb 13

DEO VOLENTE says...

Blackburn is a lost cause. A credit to "New Labour" politically disorientated, politically (in) correct, champagne socialist, claptrap, policies. The "New Labour" elite now have the "dark and dangerous" town they deserve and they are welcome to it. Blackburn has become a "Northern Ill Town" of ill repute and no hope. My message to "New Labour" Look well upon thy work. Furthermore if a facility cannot pay its way close it down. As for "womens" football, the mind boggles. In my honestly held opinion women are more suited to netball. Dont agree? In that case let them play against men at all levels and we will see who is right. You know it makes sense.

Deus Vobiscum
Blackburn is a lost cause. A credit to "New Labour" politically disorientated, politically (in) correct, champagne socialist, claptrap, policies. The "New Labour" elite now have the "dark and dangerous" town they deserve and they are welcome to it. Blackburn has become a "Northern Ill Town" of ill repute and no hope. My message to "New Labour" Look well upon thy work. Furthermore if a facility cannot pay its way close it down. As for "womens" football, the mind boggles. In my honestly held opinion women are more suited to netball. Dont agree? In that case let them play against men at all levels and we will see who is right. You know it makes sense. Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
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10:14pm Thu 14 Feb 13

buckoff says...

If these Romanians had a cash receipt for £600 and £400 cash on them the £400 should have been seized as proceeds of crime unless they could prove otherwise. Another thing I don't get is if I claimed benefit in Spain I will only get it for 3 months why can't we do it here it must be within EU rules otherwise Spain would not do it.
If these Romanians had a cash receipt for £600 and £400 cash on them the £400 should have been seized as proceeds of crime unless they could prove otherwise. Another thing I don't get is if I claimed benefit in Spain I will only get it for 3 months why can't we do it here it must be within EU rules otherwise Spain would not do it. buckoff
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11:32pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Joepublicspeaking says...

This story is not accurate. Youth Zone receive around
£400,000 per year from the Council. This comes from our Council taxes. Please can the LT correct the story.
This story is not accurate. Youth Zone receive around £400,000 per year from the Council. This comes from our Council taxes. Please can the LT correct the story. Joepublicspeaking
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