Arty Anmol crowned Miller Bear competition winner!
Five-year-old Anmol Akhtar brushed off competition from hundreds of other youngsters across Rotherham to be crowned winner of the Miller Bear Design a T-shirt competition.
Anmol, from Holmes, Rotherham, won a money can't buy prize with her drawing of the Rotherham United club mascot.
Anmol's design will now be turned into a T-shirt for her and Miller Bear to wear at the first league game to be played at the New York Stadium.
The Ferham Infant and Primary School pupil will also receive a family ticket to the game and have a commemorative photo taken with the mascot.
She said: "I am very happy. I really like Miller Bear and enjoyed meeting him and I am really happy to win the competition.”
Mum Thazeer Akhtar, a supervisor at Ferham Infant and Primary, who has six other children, said: "Anmol is very arty and loves drawing so we were really pleased when we found out she had won. I'm so proud of her and we are all very excited about the prize.
"We have never been to a football game before so it will be fantastic to enjoy a family day out at the very first game at the New York Stadium. Anmol loves Miller Bear so I am sure she will want to go to every game from now on!”
Anmol's entry was one of 30 submitted by pupils at Ferham Infant and Primary School, which also won a visit from the Millers' Community Team.
Thazeer added: "There's lots of Rotherham fans at the school and one of the pupils at the Breakfast Club read about the competition in the Rotherham Advertiser. The children really enjoyed coming up with different designs and should be very proud of their efforts. We are really looking forward to the Community Team visit.”
Entry forms for the competition have been displayed in the children's library at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council's (RMBC) Riverside House throughout the last month.
The competition was judged by Rotherham United manager, Steve Evans, Millers Chairman, Tony Stewart, Nicky Holt, from the Rotherham Advertiser and Michael Kilby-Scott, from Rother FM.
Second place went to Becky Richmond while Rebekah Hunt and Rhiannon Green were joint third.
Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart, said: "The competition has been the talk of the town for the last month and has really brought the whole community together. With so many entries it was incredibly difficult to pick a winner and everyone who took part should feel very proud.
"But it was Anmol's entry that really stood out to all the judges. It will be fantastic to welcome the whole family to the New York Stadium for the first league game.
"I would like to thank everyone who has taken part and supported this family competition, which has been a wonderful way to celebrate moving into our new family stadium.”
Rotherham United's family ticket allows all your children under eight to go free with a full paying adult season ticket holder for a fantastic, affordable day out in a family-friendly stand.
Tony added: "It has proved really popular with local families and anyone who hasn't yet bought their tickets should get down to the club shop so they don't miss out on the best seats.”
The Miller Bear Design a T-shirt Competition was supported by RMBC, Rother FM, Parkgate and the Rotherham Advertiser.