Adam Loubani has truly memorable week with Hull City
Posted on 5th December 2023 at 14:01
We were thrilled to offer our Premier League Kicks Inclusive Participant, Adam Loubani, remarkable individual who holds two Special Olympics Gold Medals, not just one, but two unforgettable experiences within the span of a week.
At the age of 23, Adam Loubani has additional needs, he is not only a Premier League Kicks Inclusive participant but a shining testament to the power of passion and determination. His journey with inclusive sports sessions began back in 2011 with the Tigers Trust, and since then, he has become a glowing presence, attending these sessions on a weekly basis at the Tigers Trust Arena. Remarkably, Adam has accumulated an astounding 850 hours of engagement with the Tigers Trust, showcasing not only his dedication but also his commitment in sports activities.
The Premier League Kicks Inclusive initiative, seeks to engage with thousands of participants annually, by fostering equality, diversity, and inclusion in physical activities. It stands as a testament to breaking down barriers to sports participation for individuals with disabilities or additional needs, and Adam embodies the spirit of this initiative with his exemplary involvement and passion throughout sessions.
Beyond his commitment to the Tigers Trust, Adam has a fore-filled love for swimming, a passion which started at the young age of 3. In October 2022, a life-changing phone call from the head coach of the Team GB Special Olympics swimming team unveiled the news that Adam had been selected to represent Team GB at the Special Olympics in Berlin,Germany in June 2023. This revelation left Adam initially "shocked" and incredulous, almost thinking it was an elaborate prank.
However, when the time came, Adam not only participated but excelled in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, and a relay event, clinching two outstanding gold medals for both himself and Team GB. This monumental achievement is a testament to Adam's dedication, resilience, and indomitable spirit, making him a true source of inspiration for everyone fortunate enough to witness his journey.
To honour Adam's remarkable achievements, we orchestrated a series of special experiences for him over the course of a week. Last Thursday, he received an exclusive invitation to the Hull City training ground, providing him with an insider's view of the facilities. During this extraordinary event, Adam explored various areas, including the canteen, the kit room, and gym spaces. The experience then took him outside to spectate a first-team training session.
Moreover, Adam had the privilege of engaging in a one-on-one discussion with Head Coach Liam Rosenior. To his astonishment, he received a heartwarming round of applause and the presentation of a personally signed Hull City shirt from none other than Captain Lewie Coyle. This thoughtful gesture was met with deep appreciation by Adam, adding an extra layer of significance to the entire experience.
Saturday's match at the MKM Stadium showcased a momentous occasion as Hull City took on Watford, with Adam earning the distinguished title of the club's 'Guest of Honour.' ahead of Sunday's 'International Day of Disabled Persons' campaign. This prestigious recognition extended beyond the football pitch, encompassing a prominent feature in the matchday programme, a delightful hospitality experience, and the sheer joy of witnessing the game unfold. The pinnacle of Adam's day was undoubtedly the heartwarming lap of honour he undertook, taking in the applause from the crowd as he presented his two gold medals during the halftime interval.
Reflecting on his recent experiences, Adam expressed his gratitude, stating, "I would like to say thanks to the Tigers Trust for providing me with this truly unforgettable opportunity to be a part of this incredible week with Hull City. I appreciate everything you have done for me."
We extend our sincere appreciation to Hull City for graciously providing these valuable opportunities and warm hospitality to Adam throughout the past week.
You can view Adam's visit to the Hull City training ground by clicking here.
Tagged as: International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Players & Staff Engagement, Premier League Kicks
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