Pools season ticket reward for Stranton pupils

Neil Nottingham with pupils (left to right) Luke Price, Tayla East, John Swift, Ellis Moore and Brandon Sanderson
Neil Nottingham with pupils (left to right) Luke Price, Tayla East, John Swift, Ellis Moore and Brandon Sanderson

PRIMARY school pupils will be jumping for joy on the terraces next season after their headteacher bought five Hartlepool United season tickets.

Neil Nottingham, head at Stranton Primary School, will be giving the tickets out on a week-by-week basis as rewards to the lucky pupils.

Keen Pools fan Mr Nottingham has been a season ticket holder at Victoria Park for 16 years and said he wants to encourage youngsters to support their hometown club.

Pupils at the school in Southburn Terrace, Hartlepool, will now decide what the tickets should be given out for.

The five tickets bought by the school will help the club reach their target of 4,000 sales.

If the club do hit the figure, adult fans will get their season tickets for just £100 which works out at just £4.34 per match.

Under-19 tickets, currently being sold at £50, mean children and teenagers can watch Pools for just £2.17 a game.

“Our school has always had a fantastic relationship with the football club so we were very keen to support the initiative,” said Mr Nottingham.

“The children have been to matches before and came back on a high, they really enjoyed themselves.

“I think it’s a brilliant thing what the club is doing.”

Mr Nottingham added: “I want children to grow up supporting their hometown club, not the Manchester Uniteds and Liverpools of this world, and I think this initiative will get the children along to Victoria Park.

“The children are now going to come up with the rewards which they think the tickets should be given out for.

“We are wanting as many children as possible to get the chance to go along next season and get a taste of the atmosphere.”