A TREASURE hunt aims to put children on the path to fitness.

Youngsters are invited to take part in the event at Darlington's South Park on Monday, from 5pm to 6pm.

Organised by Darlington Primary Care Trust (PCT), the borough council and Darlington Football Club, the aim is to improve the fitness and road safety awareness of the town's young people.

Tickets to the Darlington v Bury match next Saturday will be handed to four winners and their parents.

Anyone under the age of 16, accompanied by an adult, can take part in the competition, which starts at the Parkside entrance and will involve a series of clues and questions based on road safety and health issues.

There will also be fruit to eat and water to drink, as organisers promote the benefits of healthy living.

Darlington PCT healthy lifestyles officer Ruth Brown said: "It's a bit of fun with a health and safety message.

Darlington FC manager David Hodgson said: "One day, some of these fit youngsters could be knocking on my door wanting to be a professional football player."