Hartlepool youngsters welcome Premier League trophy to town

Youngsters at a Hartlepool primary were seeing stars when a top football trophy came to their school.

Accompanied by two guards, the Premier League trophy was taken to Greatham Primary School for all to see.

Class 1 at Greatham Primary School with the Premier League trophy and Hartlepool United mascot H'Angus.

Class 1 at Greatham Primary School with the Premier League trophy and Hartlepool United mascot H'Angus.

Although the children were not allowed to touch the cup, they were allowed to have their photos taken with it.

Out of thousands of entries the Egerton Terrace school won a prize draw to have the iconic trophy taken in for the day.

Just four other schools in the country won the chance to have a visit from the trophy, through the competition organised by Premier League’s Premier League Primary Stars project.

Representative from Hartlepool United also went along, as well as club mascot H’Angus.

It was amazing for the children, and the staff, to be able to see the trophy close up

Claire Boddy

Claire Boddy, a teaching assistant at the school, said they were entered into the competition by her husband, Richard, an offshore worker who helps run the school’s football team in his spare time.

She said they couldn’t believe it when they won, and the children were so excited throughout the day.

Mrs Boddy said: “It was amazing for the children, and the staff, to be able to see the trophy close-up. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone at the school.

“The children were amazed by it. No one was allowed to touch it.

Greatham Primary School football team captains Tilly Bailey and Turner Kinnersley with the Premier League trophy.

Greatham Primary School football team captains Tilly Bailey and Turner Kinnersley with the Premier League trophy.

“As a momento of the day all the children had their individual photographs taken with the trophy, which will be printed out for them to take home.”

She said the representatives from Primary Stars spent the day working with the childen using sport as a learning tool.

Mrs Boddy added that it was quite an inspirational day, with the children learning that playing football is about teamwork, dedication and working hard to achieve your ambitions, like in other areas of life.

Greatham Primary teaching assistant Claire Boddy with the trophy.

Greatham Primary teaching assistant Claire Boddy with the trophy.

Greatham Primary pupils have their photograph taken with the trophy along with deputy head Michael Piper (second right), Primary Stars' Jez Weeks (third right) and H'Angus and staff from Hartlepool United.

Greatham Primary pupils have their photograph taken with the trophy along with deputy head Michael Piper (second right), Primary Stars' Jez Weeks (third right) and H'Angus and staff from Hartlepool United.

Jez Weeks, head coach at Primary Stars, with Greatham Primary School pupils, from left, Tilly Bailey, Henry Kibbler, Kass Hutchinson and Olivia Brown.

Jez Weeks, head coach at Primary Stars, with Greatham Primary School pupils, from left, Tilly Bailey, Henry Kibbler, Kass Hutchinson and Olivia Brown.