Mansfield Town’s education programme is pleased to announce a new link with Teversal Football Club, which will enable its players to compete in men’s senior football.
Mansfield Town’s education programme, in conjunction with West Notts College and Nottingham Trent University, combines professional football training and high-quality sports study for its players, aged between 16 and 21.
The players train at RH Academy three times a week as well as studying a BTEC level 3 extended diploma in sport.
The new partnership with Teversal, who compete in the Central Midlands League Premier Division South, will enable more of Stags’ education programme players the opportunity to gain experience in a competitive senior men’s team.
Mansfield Town education programme lead Keiran Coupe said: “I am really proud that our education programme has created a link with Teversal Football Club.
“Conversations with Teversal have been happening for a couple of months now and we have put a plan in place that will benefit our players and also Teversal.
“It is key that we can forge a relationship like this with a local football club, in order for the players to experience senior football.
“Teversal are a club that play at step 7 football. They have a youth section from under-eights all the way up to under-18s.
“This is another positive step for us. We have over 40 young players on our education programme, all still with the dream of making it professional. It is a reality, however, that only a small percentage make the grade as a professional.
“We have had the likes of Alistair Smith and Tyrese Sinclair come through our programme, who are both now enjoying a a professional career in the game. We’ve also had around 300 players who have been on our programme since. It is my job to get many of these players into senior football and have a successful non-league career.
“Teversal have a reserve team as well as their first team. Players who are 16 years old, for example, may not be ready to go straight into the first team, but they will be able to play reserve team football, gaining valuable experience. And with our training and guidance, they can then prospectively progress into Teversal’s first team.”
Keiran added: “I would like to thank Callum Harris and Kev Newton for giving me the opportunity to create this link. Teversal are a fantastic non-league football club and we are looking forward to working more closely with them.”