Blackburn Rovers’ U21s will remain at Leigh Sports Village for the 2012/13 season. An agreement has been reached for Gary Bowyer’s development squad to play their home fixtures at the state-of-the-art facility for a fourth successive season.
Under the regulations of the new Barclays U21 Premier League, Rovers will play two home matches at Ewood Park – the first being against Bolton Wanderers on Friday September 14. Rovers then entertain Everton 10 days later in their first home fixture back at Leigh Sports Village Stadium.
The new Barclays U21 Premier League has been created as part of the Elite Player Performance Programme (EPPP) and a comprehensive review of youth development in England over the past decade. The league aims to bridge the gap between Academy and First Team, providing young stars with a pathway to the first team and support EPPPs vision to increase the number of home grown players in the Barclays Premier League from 39% to 50%.
Simon Toon, Leigh Sports Village Company chief executive, said: “I am delighted that Leigh Sports Village has extended its successful partnership with Blackburn Rovers. The club will be playing their fourth season at the Sports Village and have built up a fantastic following in the local community, highlighted by the high attendances in the past few seasons.”
Rovers’ operations director Paul Agnew added: “It is very gratifying to hear Leigh speak so positively about the partnership, but it is a two-way street. We are delighted with how the arrangement has worked over the past three years, for all parties, and we look forward to developing it further.”
Blackburn Rovers Barclays U21 Premier League Fixtures 2012/13
Monday, September 24, 7pm – Everton
Monday, October 8, 7pm – West Ham United
Monday, October 22, 7pm – West Bromwich Albion
Monday, October 29, 7pm – Arsenal
Monday, November 26, 7pm – Reading