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by Helen Mayo @Everton

Young Evertonians can apply to join the Junior Fans’ Forum from today.

The Forum was launched last season to give junior Blues the chance to share their views and get involved in key decisions that are likely to affect them.

The enthusiastic group made a real impact during their 12-month tenure with one of their biggest successes arriving in January 2013 when they helped the Club to bring Junior Fans Day to life at the home fixture against Norwich City - a matchday dedicated to the youngest generation of Blues.

It was the inspiration of the Junior Fans’ Forum to bring a mini-matchday team to Goodison Park to give them a unique behind-the-scenes insight and the inventive youngsters also designed the special-edition junior programme which was given out free of charge on the day.

The young fans also gave their input into the crest consultation, interviewed the Club’s deputy Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale, and put forward their ideas for the brand new which will be live in August.

They also helped to arrange the Junior Blues Sports Day at Finch Farm, took up a mystery shopping experience at the Club stores and got the chance to put their questions to manager Roberto Martinez.

In addition to giving young fans the opportunity to get involved, the Junior Fans’ Forum provides a valuable opportunity for the Club to gain feedback from an ever-increasing section of the fanbase.

In the last three years there has been a massive 71 per cent increase in the number of junior Season Ticket holders at Goodison Park.

As part of its continued commitment to fan engagement, the Club is in constant dialogue with supporters and the junior initiative is an extension of the adult Fans’ Forum, who meet monthly with Club officials.

The group of youngsters, who must be between the ages of 11 and 17, will get together during the school holidays to discuss a range of topics from making matchdays at Goodison more memorable to coming up with exciting event ideas and much, much more.

If you want to have your say, simply complete the application form below, telling the Club in no more than 100 words why you would make a suitable candidate for the Junior Forum.

Forms must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 4 August. New members will be notified by the end of August.

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