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Charlie's Surprise Visit

STOKE CITY midfielder Charlie Adam made a surprise visit to over 60 young budding football stars at Chesterton Community College on Thursday afternoon.

The Scotland international made the short trip to the local establishment where the Club's community coaches were holding one of their hugely successful half-term soccer schools.

The football development course has ran for the full week, ending today, with the youngsters being put through their paces by the coaches in a number of different passing and shooting drills.

Adam, who netted in the Potters' only home league victory of the season against Crystal Palace in August, highlighted the importance of mixing with the youngsters who are based within the local community.

"It's great to see kids out here and enjoying themselves, because for me the enjoyment, at their age, is the most important thing," he told

"I'm a parent myself, and have a child at a similar age to the guys and girls here today, so I see it for myself with my little one how excited they get when they are out playing football.

"If me being here, or any other player for that matter, makes the day even more special for them, then absolutely fantastic.

"I understand how important it is for us guys to give something back to the people in the area, and I really enjoy coming out and helping to put a smile on the faces of the children."

The Potters midfielder spent over 90 minutes in the company of the children, who were aged between nine and 16, partaking in a question-and-answer session, signing autographs, and of course, posing for photographs. 

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