Sam proves a star attraction

MEET Sam the shooting star, the mascot who is sporting a new name thanks to school children in Hartlepool.

More than 800 youngsters entered a competition to name the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre's six foot star after the mascot enjoyed trips around the schools in the town.

The draw to name the centre's new star attraction was made early this month, and West View Primary School's Joshua Irvine, nine, was the lucky winner.

Isabell Parkinson, co-head at West View Primary School, in Davison Drive, said: "Joshua was absolutely over the moon when he found out his suggestion was drawn out as the winner, and so was everyone else at the school.

"The star proved very popular when it came into the school."

Glen Kilby, youth activity support worker at the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre, in Kendal Road, explained how the idea for the new mascot came about.

He said: "One of our main goals this year was to get out and around the schools in the town and let them know what activities and events were taking place in the centre.

"And we thought a creative way of doing this would be to introduce our new mascot to the pupils in Hartlepool and let them have the opportunity to name him.

"We had a fantastic response and we are now looking to develop the star even more."

The centre is holding a week-long football course with FA accredited coaches in the half-term break in February.

Places are offered on a first come first serve basis.

For more information, contact the centre on (01429) 221832.