Everton have welcomed 14 new scholars to their academy.
The boys have been registered as Academy members since ages varying between five and 16 but will now work alongside the first-team at the Blues' Finch Farm training ground.
"It's a huge day for the boys,” Academy boss Alan Irvine told evertonfc.com. “It’s a day when their parents come in and we talk to them about the difference between being a schoolboy footballer with us and being a professional footballer. Although they sign a scholarship rather than a professional contract, they are professional footballers because it's what they do for a living.
“There is a difference from before and they will be treated in the same way as we would treat first-team players and Under-21 players. It's a watershed for them - this is them playing football for real.
"It's a big intake for us, quite simply because we think we've got a lot of good young players in the group. We don't have any set figure in mind when we make these decisions; we simply go on the basis of whether we think an individual is good enough.
“We believe this is a good crop and, as a result, we've given out a lot of scholarships and we hope the boys will prove us right."
The 14 players to have signed with the Club are: Jordan Thorniley, Joe Williams, Calum Dyson, Arlen Birch, Charley Edge, Harry Charsley, Tyrone Duffus; (bottom row, left-to-right) Ryan Ledson, Jonjoe Kenny, George Newell, Antonee Robinson, James Graham, Reece McNally, Matteusz Hewelt.