Pools Duo Judge School Kit Competition

Hartlepool United's Dave Challinor and Mark Maguire with the shortlisted pupils at West Park Primary School

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.”

Pools boss Dave Challinor with Toby and his winning design