Darlington Football Club is backing a drive to improve the fitness of the town's youngsters.

The Quakers are supporting Darlington Primary Care Trust (PCT) and the borough council's Walk to School Week initiative.

Children who take up the fitness challenge could win tickets to a match at the Williamson Motors Stadium.

They are being encouraged to take part in a treasure hunt in South Park on Wednesday, October 13, from 5pm to 6pm.

Anyone under the age of 16 can take part in the competition, which will involve clues and questions on road safety and health.

The four youngsters with the most correct answers, as well as their parents, will be given tickets to the game against Bury on Saturday, October 16.

Darlington PCT healthy lifestyle officer Ruth Brown said: "The aim is to promote Walk to School Week from October 4 to 8.

"Walking is a cheap and easy way to improve your health. There are also huge social benefits, as children can mix with their friends much better on foot than if they go by car."

Darlington FC manager David Hodgson said: "We are delighted to get involved. I know from our players how important it is to keep fit, so anything we can do to help must be worthwhile."