Fountaindale’s Hayden wins mascot competition
Photograph: Steve Truman, SEN Consultant at Teachers UK, Jordan Ferrer (centre back) Football in the Community Assistant Community Officer at Mansfield Town Football Club, happy winner Hayden Launders (age 6) of Fountaindale School and right, Andrew Rogers, Operations Manager at Teachers UK.
Fountaindale’s Hayden wins Teachers UK competition for a mascot day at Mansfield Town Football Club
There was a surprise waiting for 6-year-old Hayden Launders of Fountaindale School during assembly when it was announced he had been chosen by Teachers UK to receive a full Mascot Day at Mansfield Town Football Club.
Jan Collins, Assistant Headteacher at the Nottingham Road school said that the whole senior leadership team had nominated Hayden for a chance to win. “We considered a number of pupils but Hayden stood out for us. Although he's still very young himself, he is a great role model to the younger children who join our school. He engages them in play, shows them how to behave well and how good it is to learn, and loves to share in everyone's successes. We've always known that Hayden is a bright little boy but now he has his iPad to use as his voice he is showing us just how much progress he can actually make. The whole school is so proud of him and we're also so excited for him to have won such a great opportunity to share with his family.”
There to pass on the good news was Andrew Rogers, Operations Manager at Teachers UK, the education recruitment specialists based at the I-Centre in Mansfield. He said it was a difficult task for his team to choose just one winner, “We had so many deserving entries to look at, but in the end it was Hayden’s involvement in a recent football workshop ‘Every Player Counts’, delivered by Mansfield Town Football Club what really made him stand out as the deserving winner. We hope Hayden and his family have a fantastic day meeting the players and watching the match.” Andrew says that Hayden will also receive a signed football shirt and football during his visit, as well as leading the team onto the pitch. “Teachers UK are passionate about working with the local community and schools to help improve children’s lives and learning in schools. We do this through supplying the best education professionals into schools but also by giving back to schools and the community wherever possible. This mascot day will hopefully create fantastic memories for Hayden and his family and it brings our team at Teachers UK a lot of joy to be able to do this for him.”
Hayden’s parents attended the assembly and Father, Gary Launders said “Hayden has come on leaps and bounds in the past couple of years and it’s great that he is being recognised for that. He will have a great day and it is a great opportunity for him.”