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ST ANDREWS - DAY TWO
evertonfc.com , 4th July 2007 - 20:16
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After finally turning off the laptops at midnight on Day One of Everton's four day training break in St Andrews, it was an early start on Day Two.
The first-team squad's first session began at 8am with a jog around the hotel grounds. evertonfc.com arrived at the hotel in time to welcome the players back and make preparations for the day's editorial and video content.
James Vaughan took time out to talk to evertonTV between breakfast and departing on the bus to the training ground for the footballing session of the day at 11am.
The setting for the interview was suitably scenic - it was, however, also in full view of each of the players' rooms - ensuring that as soon as the interview began there were repeated attempts to distract the young and, it has to be said, somewhat shy striker.
James Beattie, Lee Carsley and Alan Stubbs were particularly successful on that score - ensuring a number of false starts for the interview and a lot of work for the editor once the piece was complete. No doubt the incident will make it onto the blooper reel at the end of pre-season.
The training session at nearby St Leonard's School - a private school with outstanding facilities - was filmed by evertonTV (click here to view the school's facilities). A photographer working on behalf of the club was also present to take hundreds of shots of the lads in action - ensuring there will be no shortage of visual imagery of the tour across the site in the days to come.
Of course, everybody associated with Everton knows what a great club it is. But it sometimes surprises evertonfc.com that the huge support the club has the world over is overlooked in the wider media.
Everywhere the Everton team goes you can guarantee there will be Evertonians on hand to welcome them. And St Andrews has been no different. As we arrived at the training facility Katherine, the PR representative for the school, welcomed us - and promptly made it clear how delighted that, as a lifelong Evertonian, David Moyes and his players were using the school as a training base. Before departing the players made sure they signed the shirts Katherine had brought along with her.
After the training session evertonfc.com's Scott McLeod took part in the first in what is a new series for evertonTV - and one that may well prove short-lived. Everyday during the pre-season trips away from Bellefield a member of evertonfc.com will be put through their paces by Everton fitness coach Dave Billows, providing users of evertonTV with a training regime to follow and also providing an insight into what the players can expect in the weeks ahead.
It may only have been a five minute session - but Scott's change in complexion made it clear it was far from easy!
After lunch back at the hotel the players departed for a third training session at 5pm - and by this stage of the day it was becoming clear there was almost as much activity back at Goodison as there was here in St Andrews.
By 8pm we received confirmation from colleagues in Liverpool that Phil Jagielka had signed - and that he would be joining us here in Scotland.
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