Pools boss Dave Challinor and Chief Executive Mark Maguire paid a visit to West Park Primary School last week to carry out a very important task.
They were invited along to help choose the winner of a competition in which pupils had been asked to come up with a design for the school’s new sports kit.
A panel of teachers managed to whittle down the entries to a shortlist before Challinor and Maguire arrived on Friday afternoon to pick what they considered to be the best design.
After a long period of discussion and debate, it was Toby’s blue and white (surprise, surprise!) kit that came out on top and he was declared the winner in a special school assembly.
As part of Toby’s prize, he will be mascot for a fixture at Victoria Park while the rest of the children who made the shortlist were also given tickets to a Pools game.
“It was such a tough decision because all of the shortlisted designs were of such a high standard,” admitted Challinor.
“Perhaps it wasn’t a big shock that we opted for a blue and white design – though, being a Liverpool fan, there was a red one that caught my eye!
“But Toby’s was a worthy winner. He had obviously put a lot of work in to it and I can’t wait to see the finished product once it’s been manufactured. I’m sure they will look very smart.”