A kickboxing enthusiast is desperate to raise funds that will send him to the World Championships.
Luke Coverdale, nine, won two national kickboxing crowns before being invited to go to America and compete at the World Championships by his Peterlee club.
The youngster, who became national champ twice in York and Nottingham in the under 10s competition, had to convince his dad, Gary, that is was the best thing for him to go and compete.
Gary, who lives in Bruce Crescent, Wingate, said: “I didn’t think it would be good at first but then we had a bit of father-son time and he talked me round.
“He was over the moon that he was looked at and selected to fight there, so there is nothing else we can do than support him.
“The fact is that we have to raise the money to travel to America and make his dream come true.
“Luke is really looking forward to going and really wants to make it happen.
“I will try and help as much as I can in any way possible because my son wants to do something that is important to him and his kickboxing career.”
Luke will also travel to Dublin in March to fight and that will be the first time he has competed outside the country.
The youngster is not only a talented kickboxer, but he is also a keen footballer.
Luke is part of the Hartlepool United development side playing right wing and trying to impress the coaches there.
He also plays for Peterlee Helford United on a Saturday morning in the Russell Foster League.
His dad added: “The football is a massive part of his life and I know which he prefers.
“But at the moment he is concentrating on the funds he needs to go to America but the football will still be there.
“He is very young and a lot to learn in both respects but all I can do for now is make sure that I support him.”