Coach: Tim Hamlett
It's a Goal! Stoke was well represented at the annual international EASI (European Association for Sport and Social Integration) Cup tournament providing four players in the squad. Daniel Steventon, Adam Love, Adam Powell and Keith Rushton, all "graduates" from the Stoke programme, joined coach Jerry Lakin and National Development Director Pete Sayers in his role as Team Manager, participating in the annual event held this year in Gottingen, Germany. The team aquitted itself well, despite its inexperience, playing against sides from Germany, Austria, England, Norway and an All Star European team, and the Potteries lads are pictured below.
Dan Steventon (L) Adam Powell (R)
Keith Rushton (L) Adam Love (R)
FEBRUARY 2011 - The latest team to complete their season at the Britannia Stadium celebrate with passionate IAG supporter Lou Macari and It's a Goal! coach Jerry Lakin...
OCTOBER 2010 - Barnsley Tournament
IAG Stoke accompanied their counterparts from Macclesfield/Manchester to a tournament in Barnsley, Yorkshire arranged to help celebrate World Mental Health Day. On plastic pitches, next door to Barnsley's Oakwell Stadium, the team battled well against tough, more experienced opponents, but gave a good account of themselves. First up were Doncaster React and a 2-4 reverse was closer than the score reflected. A 5-0 thumping of Humber Hotspurs 2 (Grimsby) settled everyone down however and a ding dong battle ensued against the eventual tournament winners, Sheffield 1. Unfortunately, a lack of competitive match practice eventually told and the Stoke lads went down bravely 1-2. This seemed to dishearten the lads a little and they succumbed 1-5 in their final fixture against locals Oakwell Terriers 1. Nevertheless, some vital experience for everyone and a good workout prior to their debut season in the Manchester League. Some form of consolation was earned however as the lads gained a trophy for coming runners up in the team penalty competition.
Action from the clash against Doncaster.
Presentation time for the team penalty competition runners up!
SEPTEMBER 2010 - New signing checks out It's a Goal!
New Stoke City signing Jonathan Walters meets up with It's a Goal! Coach Tim Hamlett at the Stoke PCT AGM at the Britannia Stadium.
SEPTEMBER 2010 - Scenes from the conclusion of another successful season.
FEBRUARY 2010 - IAG FC (Stoke) pictured at the Powerdome, Manchester.
SEPTEMBER 2009 - It's a Goal! launched at Stoke City in September 2009 and have run several successful seasons to date. Matches take place
at the Britannia Stadium, home of Stoke City Football Club, between 2-5pm on Thursdays. The franchise has a football team
that has developed from the programme which competes in the NW Mental Health Users League at the Powerdome Arena in
There is also a Supporters Club which runs every Monday afternoon from 2pm - 4pm at Northwood Stadium. There is an hour available in the pavilion for the drop-in, then an hour using the indoor facilities. This consists of football mostly, but there is provision for playing basketball, badminton, squash, gym etc.
Pictures from the It's a Goal! launch at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.
Tim (right) with ex Scotland, Manchester United and Stoke City football legend Lou Macari
Speech at the launch from Alan Pringle