Premiership training for Stoke children

05 September 2012 Last updated at 16:03

  • Young Great Places residents from the Meir area of Stoke had a special surprise when Pottermus, Stoke City FC’s club mascot, popped down to meet them

  • More than 20 children between the ages of five and 13 have been taking part in a series of football sessions put on by Great Places Housing Group

  • During the drop-in sessions the children learnt many new skills

  • Lucy Beesley, Great Places community development co-ordinator, said: “The children learned a great deal from the experts at Stoke City FC"

Young Great Places residents from the Meir area of Stoke had a special surprise when Pottermus, Stoke City FC’s club mascot, popped down to meet them.

More than 20 children between the ages of five and 13 have been taking part in a series of football sessions put on by Great Places Housing Group and Stoke City FC throughout August.

During the drop-in sessions the children learnt many new skills perfected by the likes of their ‘Potters’ heroes Kenwyne Jones and Peter Crouch.

Lucy Beesley, Great Places community development co-ordinator, said: “The children learned a great deal from the experts at Stoke City FC, not least lots of fabulous new tricks but also how to work together as a team.”

Warren Leat, school liaison officer from Stoke City FC, said: “The partnership with Great Places has been invaluable.  It has given children in the Meir area fun and safe opportunities through doing something they all enjoy.”