Say hello to the new mascot of Falkirk FC - Kevin the Kelpie
The idea was chosen by Bairns boss Peter Houston from more than 200 entries, and made the shortlist which has been on display at the Earlsgate roundabout branch of McDonald’s - the competition sponsor.
Peter Houston told The Falkirk Herald: “The decision was a tough one and I was impressed by the quality of the creativity shown by our young supporters.
“We look forward to Kevin the Kelpie welcoming us onto the pitch at home games soon. Well done to Emma, the shortlisted designs and everyone who took part.”
Kieran Koszary, the club’s business development manager spoke on behalf of present mascot Fergus the Fox and added: “Fergus is delighted to have a new partner and looks forward to meeting him and introducing him to all the young Falkirk fans.
“We had a fantastic response, Emma’s entry stood out because it was creative, up-to-date using the newest members of the Falkirk scene and to mix them with one of the integral and oldest brands in the town - the football club brings two iconic brands together.
“It’s also perfect that the name Kevin is now shared by our mascot and our player of the Millennium Kevin McAllister.
“Thanks to all who took part, and to McDonalds who sponsored the search.”
McDonalds will also sponsor the visit of many of Emma’s school-mates at Carron Primary to see her mascot’s big debut.
Elliot Jardine of McDonald’s said: “The response has been terrific - so has the reaction from some of the people who have seen the designs - there are some incredible drawings in there.
“McDonald’s has been a long-term supporter of grassroots football and this is another example of how fans can get involved with their community club. We’ve been delighted to support the club in this venture and look forward to seeing the new mascot become a firm fan favourite - just like Fergus the Fox.”
As well as the kudos of designing the latest member of the Falkirk FC stable, Emma also wins a day out to the Falkirk Stadium to see her mascot’s debut along her friends and family and school-mates at Carron Primary.
She’ll be mascot for the day and lead the team out along with Kevin.
The design is now being brought to life at a secret location and will be unveiled at a home match in the coming months.