We’re delighted to reveal that David Dunn and Brett Ormerod will join CANW to launch this year’s competition by giving fans the opportunity to quiz them about their careers at a special evening to be held on Saturday 25th February. And any amateur teams attending the event who sign up for the tournament on the night will also be in with the chance to win a training session with former Rovers’ striker Kevin Gallacher. The Scotland International, who helped lead Rovers to Premiership victory in 1995 has agreed to share the secrets of his success with one lucky team taking part in the Cup.
The Orphanage Cup is East Lancashire’s most prestigious and historic football tournament and has been played for by teams from business and organisations in Blackburn since 1952 to help raise money for CANW, which has its roots in Blackburn Orphanage. Speaking of his appearance at the Q & A session, David said: “Football is a great way to bring communities together. The Orphanage Cup is an East Lancashire institution which unites people to have fun, play football and raise money for local children.
“I’m proud to be lending my support by launching this year’s tournament with CANW and I’m looking forward to tackling the fans’ questions.”
Brett added: “As footballers we’re used to answering questions from the press, so it’ll be interesting to hear what the fans want to ask.” “The Q & A is a really fun way to launch the Orphanage Cup and I’m sure any prospective teams won’t want to turn down the chance to be trained by Kevin!”
It’s the second time Kevin Gallacher has hosted a one-off coaching session for an Orphanage Cup team. And he’s hoping his top tips continue to pay off – The Senator Group team, who trained with him ahead of last year’s tournament went on to win the competition. “It was fantastic to see The Senator Group take home the Orphanage Cup,” said Kevin. “They really took on board the advice I gave them and I’d love to think I could spur another team on to victory this year. “The cup is a great way to bring Blackburn businesses together to fundraise for a good cause and I hope David and Brett’s Q & A session will inspire more teams to sign up for the challenge.”
Tickets for the Q & A, which will run from 6.30pm – 9.00pm on Saturday 25th February are available for £7.50. All proceeds will go to support CANW’s Mentoring and Befriending Service which supports children and young people across Blackburn and Darwen. To book your place email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Chelsea on 01254 244700 (option 6).
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