Brighton & Hove Albion held ball boy and girl trials at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Monday after a fantastic response from Young Seagulls members.
Hundreds of youngsters between the ages of 11 and 16 applied for the roles on seagulls.co.uk, which included writing why they wanted to become a ball boy/girl with priority given to those who could attend every home match.
The final 30 children were then shortlisted to attend the trials at the club’s training ground, where half of those selected will be chosen to work on a matchday, while the remainder will be put on standby.
Assistant club secretary Nadia Stones was overwhelmed with the response and told seagulls.co.uk, “It’s been a brilliant turnout; every kid that said they wanted to attend has come. We’ve had hundreds of applications and the response was unbelievable.
“It was quite difficult turning down some of the kids because they’re all so keen, but it’s also great to see there is such a large, young fan base and they all want to come here.
“It’s quite a big commitment to ask them to come to every game and arrive early as well, so it’s very pleasing.”
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“Following these trials, myself, Marc and Nadia will have a discussion and pick our final 15 ball boys and girls.”
“We’re looking for a few things really. We need them to have good concentration skills and an overall awareness of the game. Obviously they need to have good hand-eye co-ordination skills and be able to throw, catch and run.
Barber spent five years as a ball boy at Tottenham Hotspur and assessed the physical skills of the trialists.
The trials were split up into two sessions, as Nadia and marketing executive, Marc Dring, conducted a presentation explaining the responsibilities of a ball boy/girl on a matchday, before the children headed out onto the pitch for their co-ordination skills to be assessed by academy co-ordinator Sam Barber.