Everton in the Community indulged in a yearly but unusual custom on Wednesday 12 March, by welcoming a team wearing red back through Goodison Park’s doors.
The Global Soccer Satellite Academy - whose team's colours are strikingly similar to that of our neighbours - flew in for their fourth annual visit of Everton Football Club, which was once again facilitated by the Club’s official charity.
With relations strong with their Everton cousins from across the pond, the Canadian soccer starlets have certainly nailed their affinities to the Blue mast and enjoyed the delights of a full stadium tour, visit to the Everton One megastore, before heading off for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant.
Everton in the Community staff were also on hand to provide all the young footballers with giveaways which included face masks of Toffees supremo Roberto Martinez.
But the Toronto-based youngsters will be hoping the highlight of their time in England will be Saturday’s fixture against Cardiff City. Somewhat lucky charms for the Club, last year’s visit coincided with Everton’s pulsating 2 – 0 victory over Manchester City, a scoreline they will be more than happy with this time around as they gear up to once again sample the home-crowd roar.
“We have the U13 and U16 sides over here for this visit, we love Everton and we love coming here,” said Jeff Hackett, Global Satellite Soccer Academy’s Coach and Director. “We usually get a lot of looks from fans when we enter the stadium as we are decked out in red but it is such a privilege to be at Goodison.
“Should Everton score on Saturday you will hear the roar all the way back to Canada.”
Established in 2003, Global Satellite Soccer Academy was the brainchild of both Mick O' Brien, the late professional football scout for both Everton and Blackburn Rovers and Jeff, who is also a former Canadian international and current Head Coach of Wexford Soccer Club.
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