Matchday Guide: Middlesbrough

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Heading to Goodison Park on Saturday for the visit of Middlesbrough? Here’s what’s going on around the ground ahead of the 5.30pm kick-off...

Academy Day

This fixture has been dedicated to the Club's prestigious Academy and provides an
opportunity for the wider fanbase to learn more about the youth set-up including the coaching staff, recruitment process and players.

The FanZone

The ever-popular FanZone will be in operation to keep Blues of all ages entertained before kick-off.

Activities get underway from 3.30pm, with stage hosts Jennifer Jewell and Gav being joined by different ends of the Academy spectrum.

Dr Peter Vint (Academy Director), Martin Waldron (Head of Academy Recruitment) and John Ebbrell (Under-23s Assistant Coach) will be interviewed live, with a trio of homegrown talents - Antony Evans, Morgan Feeney and Beni Baningime - also being asked questions by the presenters.

Also in store will be live music from The Mac Brothers, an opposition journalist to help preview the big game and the chance to win a £25 shop voucher in the Picture Quiz.

In addition, flags to commemorate what could be Gareth Barry's 600th Premier League appearance will be handed out to junior Blues.

The Matchday Hub

Find time to call into the Matchday Hub in Everton Free School on Spellow Lane - a particularly perfect pre-match stop for any young Blues and their families.

Everton Academy coaches will be delivering football sessions for kids in the sports hall with support from Everton in the Community. Book your young Blue in for free pre-match coaching here.

Fans can also take on each other at table tennis, table football or FIFA 16 in the games area.

Tom Kearney and Ray Redmond, two more Academy staff members, will be interviewed, while there will be a stand offering parents nutritional advice for their children.

The aforementioned Barry flags will also be given out in the Hub.

With a live DJ, facepainting, quizzes for adults and kids and plenty of food and drink on offer in addition to the above, there really is plenty to do during the countdown to kick-off.

St Luke's Church

Open from 3pm-5.15pm, the famous church on Goodison Road is home to Everton memorabilia and exhibitions.

With gifts on sale and the Everton Heritage Society's various displays, there's plenty of history for Toffees to discover before the big game.

In addition, Blues are encouraged to bring their old kit and football boots to donate to Kit Aid.


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