Date published: 18/04/2013
Five year old Niall Redman from Dimsdale “can’t wait” to lead out Stoke City FC at the Britannia Stadium against Norwich City FC on Saturday 27th April at 3pm.
Niall has been attending weekly indoor coaching sessions at his local Barclays Spaces for Sports site, Silverdale Cricket Club, and was selected by the site to be an official Barclays Premier League mascot after being drawn out of a hat during a free raffle at the club.
As well as enjoying cricket, Niall also takes part in football training every week and hopes to join an under sevens’ team next year. Niall’s whole family are Stoke City fans and his hero is The Potters’ midfielder, Steven N’Zonzi.
The opportunity came from the Barclays Spaces for Sports programme which has built 200 community sports sites in partnership with the Football Foundation.
The programme uses sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues by helping young people develop a range of life and employment skills. It is part of Barclays community investment programme and wider Citizenship agenda.
Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi said, “I think it’s great that kids like Niall, who enjoy playing regular sport, can get the opportunity to be a mascot for a Premier League game.”
Jim Rowley from Silverdale Cricket Club said, “Silverdale Cricket Club plays a crucial role in the local community. It is exciting that Barclays Spaces for Sports is giving a young member of the club the fantastic opportunity of being a Barclays Premier League mascot.”
Niall said, “I can’t wait to be a mascot. It will be so much fun to walk out at the Britannia Stadium.”