Kick It Out's 'Find A Friend' mascot competition has now closed, but not without a wealth of entries from supporters of football league clubs from across the country.

Amongst the clubs taking part in the initiative were Milton Keynes Dons, Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe United, all of whom ran special events for local schoolchildren.

MK Dons invited Year 7 pupils from Stantonbury Campus to attend the club's Playing for Success centre to design their entries for the competition, and the event was also attended by former club captain Paul Mitchell and one of the club's own mascots, Mooie The Cow.

Oldham Athletic's event took place at St Luke's CofE Primary School, and saw the club's star striker Lee Hughes join pupils at the school to take part in a question and answer session, whilst Oldham mascot Chaddy the Owl was also on hand to help inspire the children.

Scunthorpe United's event saw first team players Andy Wright and Sam Slocombe join students from Barton St Peters' School at the club's Study United study centre to work on their entries for the competition.

Kick It Out received hundreds of entries. The next step is for the judging panel to pick through all the submissions, with the stand-out design being turned into Kio (pronounced Key-oh), Kick It Out's official mascot.

Kio will then attend football matches, visit schools, community and youth groups aiming to spread the core values of Kick It Out, such as diversity, equality and harmony.

Alison Vaughan, Kick It Out's Campaign Manager, explained the ideas behind the competition, and how it will benefit the young people taking part. "The aim of the competition is to encourage young people to be creative, whilst increasing their awareness of the issues that Kick It Out deals with, including racism, sexism and homophobia."

As well as having their design turned into a real-life mascot, the winner will also receive tickets to an England game, and other prizes will include club match tickets and other club goodies.