Local Olympic winner

Robert Ashcroft from Long Eaton won the competition to name the Olympic football with his entry 'The Albert'
Robert Ashcroft from Long Eaton won the competition to name the Olympic football with his entry 'The Albert'

A LONG Eaton upholsterer has been chosen as the winner of a competition to name the football to be used at the London 2012 Olympics.

Bob Ashcroft chose the name The Albert because of the link to Cockney rhyming slang with ‘Albert Hall’ meaning ball.

After beating off over 12,000 other entries and being unveiled as the winner by Games sponsor adidas he was understandably over-the-moon.

The 45-year-old father-of-two added: “I can’t believe that my name was chosen for the ball that will have such a big part to play in the biggest sporting event on earth.

“The name was an obvious choice for me. With London hosting the 2012 Games it made sense to name a ball with the London Cockney rhyming slang heritage.”

Nick Craggs, adidas UK Marketing Director added: “The London 2012 Games are becoming synonymous with the East End of London and it was important to us that the name reflected this strong heritage – ‘The Albert’ creates mass appeal to the British public as well as creating global intrigue.”

The football’s design will remain under wraps until its official launch in spring 2012.