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Youngster kicks off top career in design.

Byline: By Sarah Knapton & Sara Wallis

A football mad youngster has had his career as a designer kick-started - by the boss of Adidas.

Mark Sewell, nine, was so desperate to create his own unique football boots that he painstakingly designed 20 pairs and sent his sketches to the sports giant.

He was amazed to receive a personal letter from an Adidas boss thanking him for the drawings and asking for his shoe size.

And when he came home from school yesterday astonished Mark was greeted with a special pair of boots with his name stitched into the leather - an honour normally reserved for top players like England skipper David Beckham.

Dad Christopher Sewell, of Beadnell Road, Blyth, Northumberland, said: "Mark loves all sports especially football.

"He spent hours drawing up his designs and asked me to mail them to Adidas. He spent so much time on them I found out the address and posted them off.

"I thought that'd be the last we'd hear about it but a few weeks later we got a letter from Nicholas Baddour, Head of Global Marketing at Adidas, saying how impressed he was.

"He also asked for his shoe size so we thought he might be getting a present but we didn't realise it would be as good as this."

Mark, who goes to Newsham First School in Blyth, said: "I couldn't believe it when I came home from school and mum said there was a surprise for me. I was expecting some sort of reply but nothing that good."

Mr Baddour wrote: "We were all very impressed and surprised by the drawings you sent and really liked them. Maybe when you've finished secondary school and higher education we will see you at Adidas."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jun 28, 2003
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