CHILDREN who have been taking part in an Olympic legacy programme have been rewarded for their efforts by a Hartlepool United footballer.
Youngsters at West View Primary School, in Davison Drive, Hartlepool spent the autumn term taking part in the Be The Best You Can Be programme, which aims to raise children’s aspirations.
The national programme builds on the success of the London 2012 Olympics.
Every child at the school, a total of 370 youngsters, took part and were rewarded with a medal by Pools defender Evan Horwood.
The left-back spent the morning in school presenting the awards.
Andy Brown, headteacher at the school, said: “We were one of the schools in Hartlepool to take part in the Be The Best You Can Be programme, which is designed to build on the impact of the Olympics.
“Every child in school was asked to develop a dream folder and within that was what they wanted to do when they get older, their dreams and aspirations and how they would go about getting there.”
Mr Brown said the Hartlepool-born Pools defender is a good role model for youngsters in town to achieve their dreams.
He added: “I have been at this school almost 20 years and when I first came here the aspirations of the children were not brilliant.
“Since then we have reminded them that children from this school have gone on to become teachers, dental nurses and into other professions, in order to help raise those aspirations.”