Sienna scores a Mascot Day thanks to Teachers UK!

Photograph left to right: Principal at Samuel Barlow Primary Academy Melanie Brown, Louise Hamby of Teachers UK, winner Sienna McGrath, Sammy the Stag and Gary Shaw (Community Manager & PL Primary Stars Co-ordinator at Mansfield Town Football in the Community).

Sienna scores a Mascot Day thanks to Teachers UK!

“It’s a very special prize for a very special young lady.” says Teachers UK

Ten-year-old Sienna McGrath of Clipstone’s Samuel Barlow Primary Academy, part of Diverse Academies Learning Partnership, has a lot to look forward to in the Easter holidays after scoring a full Mascot Day at Mansfield Town Football Club courtesy of Teachers UK.

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 Sienna was a worthy winner of their latest competition. “It was the last day before the Easter holidays and so the presentation we made was egg-stra special! It’s a very special prize for a very special young lady”. 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. “Samuel Barlow Primary Academy takes real pride in its children and the staff work tirelessly to give them the best opportunities possible. Teachers UK were proud to be part of the celebration. Sienna has shown courage and determination and she is an excellent role model to all of us.”

There to make the presentation with Teachers UK was Sammy the Stag and Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Gary Shaw, (Community Manager & PL Primary Stars Coordinator). Gary said, “Sienna will get to meet the players and receive a Mansfield Town football kit and a signed football. It’s definitely one of the most rewarding parts of my job and creates a great rapport with the young people - the joy on their faces and their smiles makes it very worthwhile.”

Sienna is already a keen footballer but admits she is a bit nervous about going on to the pitch. “I am really excited – my teachers told me they had nominated me and that made me really happy.” Sienna plays for the academy’s girls football team. “I like to play in defence for the Samuel Barlow team and recently we have won every game we have played. I also used to play for Stags girls, so I have been to the grounds before, but never on the pitch! I am really proud that Teachers UK chose me and on the day I am taking my dad and my brother. I really looking forward to stepping onto the playing surface and meeting the players too.”

Angela Hirst nominated Sienna for the Teachers UK competition and said, “Sienna is an excellent role model both in her academic and sporting curriculum. She is a resilient young lady who embodies the values of the academy and is a brilliant young footballer who has helped us to win all of our league matches this year – this is in spite of being knocked down by a car, and having physio to allow her to play football again. We hope she has a wonderful well-deserved experience.”

Samuel Barlow Spring Term winner alone 18


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Note to Editors. More about the scheme:

  1. To find out more about Teachers UK, please follow the link:
  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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