Mansfield Town duo Will Atkinson and Hayden White delighted youngsters at Rainworth’s Heathlands School yesterday, as they delivered tickets to tomorrows (Saturday 27th October) clash with MK Dons.
The duo joined Football in the Community in also presenting the youngsters with certificates following the completion of their Premier League Primary Stars Program, which Football in the Community coaches have been delivering, both in and out of the classroom.
Over thirty youngsters received certificates of achievement and a free match day ticket to watch David Flitcrofts men in action against MK Dons tomorrow, with many youngsters getting the opportunity to watch the Stags for the first time.
Gary Shaw, Premier League Primary Stars Coordinator, said “A huge well done to all the kids at Heathlands who have worked really hard and developed not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom.”
Jordan Ferrer, Assistant Community Manager, said “When we first started these sessions there where kids who had never kicked a football before and perhaps didn’t have the most enthusiasm for PE, but as the weeks have progressed the kids are really eager to come out and get involved, they’ve worked really hard and deserve the recognition – they’re really excited for the match!”
Louise Watson, Class Two teacher at Heathlands, said “The children have really enjoyed it, it’s been brilliant for them – it’s nice for them to be playing [football] together because sometimes at lunchtime it can be just boys playing football so it’s nice to see the girls playing as well.
“The high level skills that they’re being taught are something I’m not a very confident at [teaching football] so for them to get quality sessions focussing on skills etc each week is brilliant to watch.”