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Adam aiming for England thanks to Stoke

24 Jul 2018
Adam Revitt, Stoke City Community Trust

How Stoke's Community Trust and the Premier League/BT Disability Fund is helping one cerebral palsy footballer develop skills and confidence

Nearly 200 young players followed in the footsteps of Manchester City's title-winning stars at last week's Premier League/BT Disability Football Festival at the Etihad Campus.

One of those players was Stoke City's Adam Revitt.

"It's a superb experience," he said. "To play at one of the best facilities in the world where some great players have trained, like Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, is brilliant."

Adam is a cerebral palsy footballer with the Stoke City Community Trust.

"Cerebral palsy affects my movement and co-ordination so you are not as able to move as quickly on the pitch," he says. "It's a bit of a challenge for me.

"It has been difficult getting an opportunity to play."

He started playing with Stoke last September and commutes all the way from Sheffield every week to attend PL/BT Disability Fund sessions at Keele University.

"I was a little nervous before that first session as there were a lot of good players," he says.

"That feeling soon went. The coaches are really supportive and they tell me how I can improve. They have helped me become a better footballer."

Adam has progressed quickly during his 10 months with the club.

He now represents Stoke in the Staffordshire Ability Counts League and has been invited to trial for The FA Talent Hub, which could eventually lead to him playing for England.

"Playing for Stoke has really helped me in life and it has given me lots and lots of confidence," he says.

"I have made lots of friends and it's changed my views on football, I don't want to do it just for fun, I want to improve. I am serious about it."

Adam's determination was highlighted last week in Manchester as he helped his team claim a winners medal at the PL/BT Disability Football Festival.

Stoke were one of the teams to finish top of the five groups in a competitive pan-disability football tournament, which gave participants with various disabilities the opportunity to come together and play.

"We came up against some brilliant players from all over the country," he says. "We won because we worked as a team and we played well together. Every time I win I feel so happy.

"I have supported Stoke all of my life and it's fantastic to be a part of the club I love."

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