SCHOOL pupils will be cheering on their heroes from the terraces once again next season thanks to a generous headteacher.
Neil Nottingham, headteacher at Stranton Primary School, in Southburn Terrace, is set to buy four child Hartlepool United season tickets in a bid to motivate the youngsters in class.
Last season, Stranton was the first school in town to pledge its support to Hartlepool United’s discounted season ticket offer and now the school is set to repeat the treat for youngsters.
The League One club have just reached the landmark 2,000 sales figure as fans snap up another bargain ticket offer.
Adult season tickets for the 2012-13 season are on sale at £155, which works out at less than £7 a game.
Senior prices are £125, under 19s can bag a seat for £75 and a season ticket for under 13s is only £50.
Mr Nottingham bought one adult and four child season tickets last year, which were used throughout the campaign as incentives and rewards for pupils.
And after seeing the benefits of the scheme, the school is set to repeat it again.
Mr Nottingham said: “Buying four season tickets for school last year was a real success – and something I am looking to repeat this year.
“The children were really enthused and motivated by the idea of ‘winning’ tickets for Hartlepool United matches and had a significant and positive impact on a number of individuals across school.
“As a Hartlepool United fan myself, I was also delighted to see children going along to support their local club – I am aware of a number of children who will be purchasing season tickets of their own this season following on from their visits last year.
“If local, small-town clubs like Hartlepool are going to be successful in the future they are going to be reliant on the local community supporting them through the turnstiles.
“The season ticket initiative is a fantastic way of developing this support and I really hope 2012-13 is as successful and popular as last year’s offer.”
Russ Green, the club’s chief executive, said he is delighted to see local children given the opportunity to support the club.
Mr Green said: “To receive such support from one of our local schools is brilliant.
“We’re delighted that Mr Nottingham has really seen the benefit of using the tickets for such a rewards scheme in his school and we would love to see more schools follow suit.
“And with under 13 Season Tickets again only £50, these are fantastic prices for a full season of football.”
Everyone over 16 who gets a season ticket will be entered into a prize draw for a jackpot which could raise as high as £15,000 depending on sales.
The current offer runs until the end of July.