The Groundsman

February 2014

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GET INTO GROUNDS 21 the Groundsman February 2014 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions • In the press box, 10-year-old Ben put his reporting skills to the test when he joined the evertontv team for the day, and • 10-year-old Libby donned a safety jacket and shadowed the stadium safety officer in the matchday control room. The Junior Fans' Day fixture was dedicated to the club's new generation of young supporters and there was a host of fun activities planned ahead of kick-off. In the Fan Zone, local boyband Gump performed; a football freestyler showcased his skills; and the EA Sports dugout was in position for fans to challenge their friends to a pre-match game of FIFA 14. A limited-edition version of the match day programme was also handed out to junior fans. Also as part of the club's match day campaign - a commitment from the club to create an unforgettable experience every time a supporter visits Goodison Park – fans can now get closer to members of the first team before the game. As the players William and Dominic help put out the flags at Goodison Park 10-year-old Ben joined the evertontv crew for the day arrive for the match, supporters who arrive early can catch a glimpse of their heroes and pick up a free autograph booklet from the match day ambassadors. The Fan Zone also sees hundreds of fans gather ahead of every game to enjoy the build-up to kick-off with music, special guests, refreshments and competitions, for example. There's also plenty of giveaways and for Junior Blues who are in the stadium to watch the warm-up, there's the chance to get on the pitch at half-time for a coaching session with Everton in the Community - young fans are selected at random to take part in a kickabout. Denise Barrett-Baxendale, deputy chief executive officer of Everton FC, said: "There are only 19 days each season when we get the chance to welcome our supporters to Goodison Park and truly showcase what the club is all about. This year we have made a bigger commitment than ever to make sure Evertonians have an unforgettable experience." l The Junior Blues 'shadowed' all aspects of match day operations The lads were fantastic; they were here with the grounds team from 7.30am " " William and Dominic were very keen and they helped the grounds team with everything

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