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Fans put through their paces

by Ashley Houghton

Dads and Lads day a huge success.

Dads and Lads from across the region were treated to a once in a lifetime opportunity at a successful event at the Academy of Light recently.

Sunderland fans were treated to a tour of the AoL by Black Cats legend Kevin Ball, before taking part in a professional training session and eating like the players in the Academy’s refectory.

Phillip Saint, who brought his nine-year-old son Isaac along to the event, said he was fascinated by the opportunity to live like the players for a day.

“There were three generations of the family at the event as my Dad was also there and for all different reasons we were all equally fascinated by the Academy,” he said.

“The enthusiasm shown by Kevin Ball and the staff was amazing and it was really nice to get an inside track on the goings on at the Academy.

“My son now knows he’ll have to work quite hard if he wants to become a footballer and the same for me – I think all the Dads were suffering a bit after the training session!”

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