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Villa player given national Barclay's Spirit of the Game Hero award

Bradley Addison was given Barclay's Spirit of the Game Hero award.

For the past week we've been running a fundraiser to support the Villa Rockets Powerchair Football Club (you can donate here!). I thought that, before we closed it up at 5 PM today, I'd leave you with an incredible video that does a great job of showing why this cause is so important.

The video features 11-year-old Bradley Addison receiving the Barclay's Spirit of the Game Hero award. When Bradley was 7, he was a member of the Aston Villa academy, and had dreams of donning the claret and blue someday. But his Duchene Muscular Dystrophy worsened and eventually Bradley was limited to a wheelchair for mobility.

But through the Villa Rockets, Bradley was able to keep playing football. The joy that he gets from the game is obvious in the video on both the faces of Bradley and his mum. And it becomes obvious why we want to support this club as much as we can.

Nothing can stop 11-year-old Aston Villa FC - Official fanatic Bradley Addison playing football, not even Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Despite being diagnosed with the muscle wasting condition a few years ago, Bradley turns out every week for the Villa Rockets Powerchair Football Club to play the game he loves. Watch the moment we surprised our next generation hero Bradley at school with the Barclays Premier League trophy.To find out more about Bradley’s condition go to

Posted by Barclays Football on Thursday, May 14, 2015

If you've already donated to help the Villa Rockets, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you haven't yet, please do, by clicking here. Even £1 will go directly to the club and help to make sure that other kids like Bradley get the chance to play the sport that we all love.