Everton treat for young Ballymoor FC members

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Young people from the Brandywell area have been treated to behind the scenes meetings with premier league football stars.

The young people visited Liverpool’s historic Anfield stadium, and then got to see the exciting clash between Everton and Chelsea, which the Londonders won 6-3.

Everton's Darron Gibson with members of Ballymoor FC. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Picture supplied by Everton FC

Everton's Darron Gibson with members of Ballymoor FC. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Picture supplied by Everton FC

They also met high profile stars, including Derry man Darron Gibson and Killybegs player, Seamus Coleman, as well as Republic of Ireland colleague, James McCarthy. The youngsters also enjoyed training sessions under the guidance of Everton coaches. This is the second year in a row that they have visited Everton’s Goodison Park. (More pictures on www.derryjournal.com)

Last year a cross community and cross border group from the city which included a delegation from Ballymoor FC were treated to coaching and entry to the Everton versus Fulham fixture.

Everton, of course, have been enjoying a revival under the guidance of manager Roberto Martinez, who has guided them into the Europa League and promised to bring Champions League football to the club.

His first season saw him get rid of a number of hoodoos that had dogged previous manager David Moyes, who endured a horrendous season at Old Trafford while his successor’s star shone brightly at Goodison Park.