Shining a light on North East Lincolnshire's young stars of sport
HERE at the Grimsby Telegraph, we love helping youngsters to get a kick out of sport.
And, as part of a new drive to help celebrate the success of young sportsmen and women from across the area, tomorrow we are launching a new weekly supplement charting their achievements.
The eight-page pull-out, which will be free with your paper every Tuesday, will be packed with news from Grimsby Town's Youth and School Of Excellence teams, as well as local leagues in a whole range of sporting pursuits.
And, to get more children into sport, we have teamed up with Grimsby Town Football Club to take along groups of youngsters to their first match, free of charge.
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To launch the Our First Match series, pupils from Welholme Primary School, along with their parents, were in the Main Stand at Blundell Park on Saturday to cheer on Grimsby Town against AFC Telford. And, for many, it was their first experience of a "real" football match watched by thousands.
Ben Cass, 8, was excited to make his debut as a fan at Blundell Park.
He said: "The match was very entertaining. There was a lot of shouting from everyone in the stand and when Grimsby Town scored there was a huge cheer.
"I have enjoyed watching the game and I might come back to see more.
"I came with my dad, who used to watch the team in the past."
Steve Baker, Ben's dad, said: "It is nice that Grimsby Town, together with the Grimsby Telegraph, have given children this opportunity."
Emily Allison, 8, borrowed her sister's Grimsby Town football shirt to mark her first time at a "real" match.
She said: "I like how loud people get when the ball gets near the goal.
"I was cheering and joining in with all the clapping.
"I have really enjoyed it and would like to come again.
"I have never liked football before, but I think I will start to do so now."
Emily's mum, Janet Allison, said: "I used to watch Grimsby Town when I was younger, so for my daughter to now have this opportunity is great."
To find out more about how your school year or class could be next, see tomorrow's supplement.
The pull-out will also feature pictures and results from a secondary school's table tennis competition held at Clee Sports Hall, as well as karate and sailing.
There is also an interview with top young golfer Ashton Turner, who is a member of Louth's Kenwick Park Golf Club, and you can find out who has been making a splash, as we give the lowdown on our area's young swimmers.
Sports editor Trevor Green said: "Our young people dedicate a lot of time to training and competing – and this new weekly pull-out is all about celebrating their achievements
"Whether they take part for fun, fitness or competition, sport is an important and valuable part of their lives that deserves to be showcased.
"So, each week we will shine the spotlight on youth sport by publishing stories, features, pictures and results – and you'll also find details of how to get involved in a big variety of activities.
"Readers are encouraged to get in touch with their stories of young people's sporting achievements – simply give the sports desk team a call on 01472 372245."