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February 2014

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GET INTO GROUNDS 20 the Groundsman February 2014 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions verton FC's head groundsman Bob Lennon had some extra match day help last month when 10-year-old William and nine-year-old Dominic joined his groundscare team and helped put out the corner flags, fixed the goals and prepared the Goodison Park pitch for action. Bob says the lads were fantastic: "They were here at the stadium with the grounds team from 7.30am until after the match. They were very keen and helped with everything we did, asking a lot of questions in the process. And they both made it clear that they'd like to come back and repeat the process, which is a good sign." The Junior Fans' Day at Everton FC saw a group of youngsters join the match day staff, including the Goodison Park grounds team – a great way to encourage young people into the profession After 25 years at Everton – 10 at the training ground and 15 at the stadium – Bob now spends his time between the two sites, managing the total of 11 groundsmen plus two part-timers. He adds: "We get lots of requests from youngsters who want to help with match day preparation – we used to do a similar exercise some eight or nine years ago at the training ground - everyone, it seems, wants to get on the pitches. "The youngsters of today certainly take things in their stride but their parents are very enthused and ask a lot of questions, which is great for the future of the club and, hopefully, for the groundsmanship industry. "I'm sure we'll be repeating the E Everton helps to find the next generation By: Colin Hoskins process but next time the experience for the youngsters may be more focused, concentrating on specific aspects of groundscare." Behind the scenes The two youngsters were part of 10 Junior Blues aged between seven and 15 who joined the club's match day team and went behind the scenes on Everton's official Junior Fans' Day when: • Nine-year-old Thomas joined Radio City's Rossie on the mic • In the corporate lounges, 13-year-old Daisy and 12-year-old Harry tried their hands at being MC, introducing the Everton man of the match

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