Apr 072015

Like the song says … “When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.”

And Everton’s players lit up Goodison Park with their smiles as the Blues staged an open training session at Goodison Park to entertain fans during the Easter holidays.

And yes, Aaron Lennon’s beaming smile was in evidence as well as the players went through their paces in a public session.

Around 4,000 fans were present at Goodison to watch manager Roberto Martinez put the squad – minus striker Romelu Lukaku who is still recovering from a hamstring injury sustained before the international break – through their paces in the 90-minute session.

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Many of the crowd were school children taking advantage of the Easter break and Scottish international Steven Naismith said such events were vital in helping grow the next generation of supporters.

“It was nice to get on the Goodison pitch and it is a little bit different with it not being a weekend game and it gives us a chance to give the fans an insight into what we do week to week and see how intense training is,” he added.

“It is massive for the kids. It is a totally different situation to coming on a match day when it is a bit more tense and there is more riding on it.

“This is more light-hearted and they can see what we work on and hopefully get the bug to come back and watch us week in, week out.”

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