A COMPETITION has been launched in Troon to design a mascot for the Scottish Women’s Premier League football matches.

Children aged between 8-12 are encouraged to enter the competition that will see their creation come to life and give them the opportunity to lead out a team of their choice, alongside their own mascot.

As part of its 170th anniversary celebrations, The Scottish Building Society is launching the competition and has branched out to give artistic children the opportunity to showcase their talents.

The mascot will not only appear at selected future SWPL games, but also promote the work the Society does and the services they offer to people of Troon.

Scottish and Ayrshire born artist Steven brown has shared is excitement as one of the judges of the competition and can’t wait to see what masterpieces can come to life.

He said: “Art is such a brilliant way to communicate and competitions like these inspire children to really express themselves creatively. I am delighted to be a judge and can’t wait to see the entries.”

Head of marketing and communications at The Scottish Building society, Kerra McKinnie said: “This has been a tremendous year for us and we thought that engaging with our young creatives of the future would be a fitting way to end our 170th year celebrations.

“As sponsors of the Scottish Women’s Premier League, we can offer the lucky winner the chance to lead a team of their choice out for a SWPL game next season as well as see their mascot come to life!”

Entries for the competition close on December 20 and the winner will by chosen carefully by the judging panel that consists of: Ayrshire Artist Steven Brown; Fiona McIntyre, Executive Officer of Scottish Women’s Football and Mark Thomson, Chief Executive of Scottish Building Society.

Children aged 8-12 years old are requested to post, email or hand in their suggested animal mascot drawings at branches across Scotland.

To find out more visit www.scottishbs.co.uk