Leigh Leopards reveal mascot’s name and amazing story behind it

Leigh Leopards have confirmed that their new mascot will be called Leeto.

The Club initially  sought suggestions from fans, using a poll. However, the club were left without a conclusive result. They then received a message from a young supporter…
Derek said: “We wanted fans to engage in naming the new mascot and whilst this proposal comes from only one person, and has not been voted on by the wider members, the board was unanimous that it should be used as the mascot’s name.
“An image was provided to me in a nice frame, it was obvious some thought and time had been invested into it. It was explained to me that Leeto is a South African boy’s name meaning “the one that embarks on an adventure.”
“When I shared this with the board, it felt like fate that the voting had not worked, enabling us to consider this name in isolation. The board members all agreed that it was fitting.
“The fact that it is related to South Africa, home of the Leopard and more so the synergy of the club, embarking on a new adventure in the Betfred Super League.”
Leeto is currently undergoing final touches by its makers, the creator of the characters used in the TV show ‘The Masked Singer’.
“The dancer that will bring Leeto to life is currently rehearsing with the Gemstone dancers to create our opening performance on 17th February when Leeto will be announced in a blaze of glory as part of the pre match entertainment ahead of our Round 1 game against Salford Red Devils.”
“Whilst we have announced Scouting for Girls, who will definitely get a crowd going, the highlight and biggest investment of the night comes from the performance that follows the band’s opening 40 min set.
“I first saw these performers at Universal Studios. My family were absolutely blown away by what we saw, and it gave me the idea to share such an amazing spectacle with our fans. When I found out that they were largely UK based I really got the bit between my teeth, I was fully invested in something that blew any budget I imagined out of the sky.
“I can’t wait to see what will be the most spectacular performance I have ever seen in the UK. The whole night is going to be a memory to last a lifetime.”
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