A YOUNG footballer will travel to the US next month to take up a university sports scholarship, thanks to local businesses.

Paul Holloway, 19, from Darlington, appealed for help to pay tuition fees at Heidelberg College, Ohio, and local companies raised more than £1,000 for him.

Paul, who starts a three-year football scholarship in January, said: "I'm really grateful for all the help and really looking forward to going. I haven't yet reached my £11,000 target so any other sponsorship would be gratefully received."

To help, call Colin Best on (01325) 462545 or 07850 640063.