Manager hands out accolades to winners...
NATHAN JONES was the surprise guest at an awards evening held to honour Stoke City’s disability teams after a season of countless successes.
The Potters boss was on hand to present prizes to players who represented the Club with distinction in the Staffordshire FA Ability Counts league.
The league enables people with different abilities to play football in a competitive environment with their peers.
Participants have a wide range of abilities and different needs - some have hearing impairments, cerebral palsy and sight impairments, others have learning differences and some have long term mental health issues.
The Club, via the Stoke City Community Trust, reach out to these participants through a number of different networks and often receive referrals from a wide range of professionals who support these people in their daily lives.
The teams representing the Potters scooped a host of honours this season and Jones was delighted to help make the presentation evening so memorable.
“It was an absolute honour to attend the presentation evening and hear all about the success the players have had this season and meet so many of them,” he told stokecityfc.com.
Prizes were also presented by Kevin Staples of Staffordshire FA, Craig Viggars from BT, sponsors of the Premier League/BT Disability Fund, Adrian Hurst, Head of the Stoke City Community Trust, Fraser Nicholson, the Club’s Head of Media & Communications, and Carl Bennett, the Club’s Inclusion, Disability & Health Lead.
Hurst added: “Our disability teams have enjoyed a season of unprecedented success and it was only fitting that we held an awards evening.
“None of the participants knew that Nathan was coming along and the reaction when he walked in the room was fantastic. All the players who were honoured deserve their accolades as they have been outstanding ambassadors for Stoke City this season.”