Premier League Kicks pan disability participants celebrate tournament win with a mascot experience
Swansea City AFC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks pan disability football participants celebrated winning the Premier League disability festival with a Swansea City mascot experience.
To mark the achievement, the team were invited to be mascots at the Swans' Carabao Cup match against Northampton Town on Tuesday night, and saw some brilliant goals as the home side ran out 3-0 winners.
The participants - who train once a week as part of the Foundation's Kicks disability session - travelled to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Sir Jack Hayward training ground a few months ago for the tournament, coming out as winners with a perfect unbeaten record.
The players were able to help lead out the team as they walked out onto the Swansea.com Stadium with their Swans heroes ahead of the match, before watching the game from the stands. They were also invited to take penalties against Cyril the Swans at half-time.
Andrew Dyer, Premier League Kicks coach, said: “It’s great to be able to give opportunities like these to our participants, it’s something that they will always remember.
“They worked incredibly hard to win at the disability festival and it was only right that they got the chance to properly celebrate at the Swansea.com Stadium.”
Greg Fisher, whose son Eli plays for the disability team, added: “What a fantastic experience it has been!
"I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that is part of this club and thank you to the Premier League Kicks disability sessions and Swansea City Foundation who are making dreams come true for children with disabilities.
“Eli is a fantastic little boy, he loves Swansea City and to see him smile is the most important thing for me as a farther.
“I’m so proud to see him walking out hand in hand with Swansea captain Matt Grimes, it’s the proudest moment I’ve had as a father.”