Talented Meden School student wins Teachers UK competition

A Meden School student, has been independently nominated by two of his teachers for a Teachers UK competition – winning a day behind the scenes at Mansfield Town Football Club this Saturday, as the Stags welcome Carlisle.

Teenager Evan Lord has won a mascot package, hosted by Teachers UK partners Mansfield Town Football in the Community, which will include meeting the players and playing on the One Call Stadium pitch prior to kick-off.  

Kim Hickinbotham is Associate School Leader and Head of Year 9 at Meden School, and she explained why the staff were so keen to nominate Evan. “In addition to my nomination, my colleague Mr Hamer who is Evan’s PE Teacher nominated him too. Neither of us knew the other was putting Evan’s name forward. However, our nominations reflected the same traits in Evan that make him such a model student, -like his excellent attitude to learning and that he always goes above and beyond what is asked of him.”

Miss Hickinbotham said that the competition run by Teachers UK with Mansfield Town Football in the Community happened to have the perfect prize for Evan. “I nominated Evan because he is impeccable in every way, -a wonderful young man and true gentleman. As a school we do a lot of work on attitude to learning and how students approach their lessons, and Evan is exemplary in everything he does.  He works really hard and has high aspirations for himself and is also a major Mansfield Town Football Club fan already! He is a great footballer and goalkeeper himself and has loved his previous visits to the Stags ground. We thought this competition, should he win, would be the perfect way to reward him.”

Gary Shaw, Community Manager of Mansfield Town Football in the Community attended the school with Louise Hamby of Teachers UK to deliver the prize and said, “Congratulations are in order for Evan who will receive a behind the scenes experience at the club on match day.

“We hope that Evan will get a lot out of the day he spends with us. He will have the chance to meet the players and receive signed memorabilia and as Evan is already a keen player, we hope he will also be able to take advantage of his access to any football expertise on offer on match day.”

Louise Hamby is Branch Manager at Teachers UK, an education recruitment specialist based at Mansfield’s I-Centre on Hamilton Way. She said her company were delighted to give such a worthy student the prize. “Evan is clearly not only an excellent student, but also a talented football player and I am sure that he will be able to make the most of this experience. We are grateful to be able to help Meden School recognise and reward Evan’s hard work and we hope that more schools take their lead and nominate their own students who deserve recognition for their efforts.”

Year 9 student Evan said he was surprised to hear two teachers had nominated him. “I suppose it means I am doing something right at school! I am surprised though because there are a lot of students that they could have chosen apart from me.

“I am looking forward to having a good experience on the day. I have met a lot of the players before but would like to meet the manager, Graham Coughlan, that would make it a really good day for me!”