Stoke City goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann was on hand to present young fans with shirts and tickets as part of the club’s City 7s scheme.
The scheme offers seven-year-old fans the chance to win presents, meet the club mascot “Pottermus” and one of their heroes.
Austrian Under 21 international Bachmann was full of praise for the event.
He told StaffsLive: “It’s brilliant, you know.
“To get close to the community, the fans, you know fans are a big part of what the club are really. It’s always good to get some kids out and get to talk to them and meet them.”
Bachmann took questions from an excitable audience and then personally presented each fan with their gifts.
As well as a Stoke City home shirt and tickets to this Saturday’s game with Southampton, fans received a £5 voucher to open a Stoke City Junior ‘Save and Support’ Affinity Account with Leek United Building Society.
Parent and Stoke City fan, Anthony Bunn, 47, said: “Football without fans is nothing and the little kids tonight are the future of football.
“My little boy is at the Academy and he’s Stoke mad anyway, so anything to do with Stoke he loves.”
Mr Bunn added: “Stoke are probably leading the way in the whole country about actually getting kids into football.
“They make it affordable so next year me and my son can come in and watch Premier League football for just over £18.”
See our video (below) for more from the City 7s presentation…