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Open Training Session

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14:36 9th April 2013

Young fans enjoy Molineux event

Dean Saunders and his first team squad were at Molineux this morning, to train in front of around 500 supporters.

The fans - all junior season ticket holders or Young Wolves members - watched training from the lower tier of the Billy Wright Stand, before the players then signed autographs and posed for photographs on their way back to the dressing room.

Before training, the children were entertained by Wolfie and Wendy's Gangnam-inspired dance-off, while club staff handed out sweets, games and matchday programmes that the young fans later had signed.

One fan enjoying the event was young season ticket holder Jacob Leaver, who attended with his Dad, Gary.

Gary said: "I think the open training session is a great idea - it's a great way to get kids involved on a non-matchday. Jacob's been looking forward to it all week - we booked the tickets the first day they became available.

"He's already got his season ticket for next season, and we'll be here cheering them on - hopefully to a win - against Huddersfield on Saturday."

The day was particularly special for Milly Tomkins, aged eight, and nine year-old Jack Plant, who are both celebrating their birthdays this week.

They, along with their families, got to observe training from one of the dug-outs before meeting their favourite current players, and Steve Bull, who stopped by with his daughter Gracie.

Milly, whose favourite player is Bakary Sako, left proudly clutching a signed shirt, and Dad Clive said afterwards: "She's had a fantastic day, she's had pictures taken with some of the players and got autographs from them all - it's definitely been a birthday she'll remember!"

Jack's Dad, Neil, added: "I spoke to the club beforehand and told them it was Jack's birthday, but we didn't know any of this was happening so we're really grateful.

"It's a dream for us both really. We're season ticket holders in the North Bank and we really appreciate being able to come here today and watch the players at first hand. I think I'm just as excited as Jack to be honest!"

Saunders thanked fans for attending, and Wolves Membership Manager Kerri Davies, who organised the event, added afterwards: "This morning provided a great opportunity for our junior fans to interact with the players.

"It was nice to give something back to the fans - the players are appreciative of all the support they have received over what has been a tough season, and today was a great chance for them to meet and thank the younger supporters.

"It was great to see so many smiling faces in the crowd, and we hope that all those that attended enjoyed the morning."

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