A YOUNG Loughshinny schoolboy's creative talents have made a big impression on star Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott.
Eleven-year-old Ethan McGarry has won the 'Aspire Attire!' competition run by the National Literacy Association to design a T-shirt with a logo or caption on the theme of ' Dreams and Aspirations'. His T-shirt design will be sold by LescottStewart, the clothing line launched by Manchester City's Joleon Lescott and Jordan Stewart. He will also gets the chance to meet Lescott and join him for a training session. Ethan's dad, Derek, said: 'Ethan is so excited to win the competition.
He's a huge Man City fan so to meet Joleon and take part in a training session is a dream come true for him. Ethan is dyslexic and works hard to tackle challenges with reading and writing. However, he is also very creative. Winning this competition shows what you can achieve even if you have obstacles to overcome.' Joleon Lescott said: 'We were just so impressed with Ethan's design. I struggled at school myself and feel I'm just so fortunate to be living my dream. 'I wanted to include a T-shirt in my clothing line that put out a really positive message about believing in yourself no matter what.
'Ethan's design is colourful and so imaginative. We all loved it and will be very proud to have it as part of our collection.' Ray Barker, Chair of the National Literacy Association continued: 'We are delighted to be working with LescottStewart. The Aspire Attire! competition sits very closely with the ethos of the NLA: we believe that the vast majority of children can and will achieve with the right belief, encouragement, practical support and expectation. We had a great response to Aspire Attire! but Ethan's entry did stand out. We're delighted with the design and can't wait to see lots of people wearing it!'
Ethan will be meeting up with Joleon for a training session at Manchester City's ground on Friday, October 29. The Aspire Attire! tee-shirt will go into production following meetings between Ethan and the LescottStewart design team. Proceeds from sales of the Tshirt will go to the National Literacy Association to support their work with and for children who, for whatever reason, struggle to acquire the basic skills of reading, writing and communication in all its forms.