Early Christmas surprise for Eva as she scores a Mascot Day thanks to Teachers UK!

Photograph left to right: Sammy the Stag, Eva Boden-Rees (age 8) , Jordan Ferrer and Louise Hamby of Teachers UK.

“It’s a very special prize for a very deserving winner,” says Teachers UK

8-year-old Eva Boden-Rees of King Edward Primary School in Mansfield, received an early Christmas present on the last day of term when she won a Teachers UK prize of a full Mascot Day at Mansfield Town Football Club.

The Mascot Days are run by Mansfield Town Football in the Community and give children the opportunity to get a look behind the scenes, and to meet the players on match day.

Louise Hamby of Teachers UK says that Eva was a worthy winner of their latest competition. “It is the last day before the Christmas holidays and so the presentation we made was really special! It’s a very special prize for a very deserving winner.” Louise says that Teachers UK, an education recruitment specialist based at Mansfield’s I-Centre, enjoys giving back to the schools and academies it works with. “King Edward Primary School takes real pride in its children and the staff strive to give them the best opportunities possible. Teachers UK were proud to be part of the final day of school celebrations and we hope that Eva thoroughly enjoys her Mascot Day.”

Alice Martin is the teacher who nominated Eva for the competition and she said, “I nominated Eva for a few reasons, the first being that she absolutely loves football! Also, she works incredibly hard all of the time, she is so polite and just such a lovely pupil who deserves a treat. This will be her dream come true and she really deserves it!”

There to make the presentation with Teachers UK was Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Jordan Ferrer, (Asst Community Manager, Disability Development Officer & PL Girls Coordinator) and Sammy the Stag. Jordan said, “It’s a great opportunity for a young person to be a Mascot; it’s one of the most popular activities we do at the football club and to win this prize means that Eva will have a fantastic experience. She will get to meet the players, receive a Mansfield Town shirt and autographed football and will spend a fun packed day with us on match day.”

Eva’s parents were there to see the presentation and Mum, Amanda Boden and Dad, Tony Rees said they were especially proud of her love of football because of a setback Eva had early in life. Amanda said, “Eva was born with congenital hip dysplasia and needed two lots of surgery before she was 6 months old. At that point we were told she might not be able to play sports or even walk properly. But now she is fine and just gets on with it!”

Eva said she was excited about the prize. “I like football because you get fit. I am taking Dad with me on the day because he loves football and the best bit will be taking the team out on to the pitch. It’s a really good Christmas present!”



For press enquiries about Teachers UK, call Louise Brimble at By Appointment PR on 07808 596244.

Note to Editors. More about the scheme:

  1. To find out more about Teachers UK, please follow the link: http://www.teachers-uk.co.uk
  2. Teachers UK is a local business success story which was started in Mansfield in 1997 and now operates on a national scale. The education recruitment specialists supply teachers and support staff to Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools across the country as well as Further Education and SEN (Special Educational Needs), in all key stages and subjects, including Higher Education on a one to one basis.
  3. The company’s Headquarters are based at Mansfield’s I-Centre on Hamilton Way.
  4. All photographs are available to print with full permissions. Authorised for general release.

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