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Locals encouraged to endorse new sports facility
mansfieldtown.net, 6th March 2017

Can you endorse the prospective new sports facility at Woburn Lane?

We are encouraging members of the local community to endorse the building of a new sports facility at Woburn Lane, Pleasley, by writing a letter of support to Mansfield Town Football Club at the address below.

The club is of the strong opinion that the new facility would be of great benefit, not only to Mansfield Town Football and its players (including the club’s men/ladies’ first team, U21s, boys/girls academy), but also to local people, facilitating the opportunity to explore and develop their sporting talents.

The club is also interested in hearing from any groups/teams who wish to express an interest in using the facility.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/locals-encouraged-to-endorse-new-sports-facility-3610210.aspx#vPuktgPYvYi5Orfk.99

The new sporting facility would include: a full 3G floodlit pitch, three full-sized grass pitches and a mini pitch.

Furthermore, it is proposed that a Pavilion would be erected to facilitate eight dressing rooms to cater for all age groups.

Moreover, a ‘Main Pavilion’ would also be built and would include a function room, two classrooms, offices and a physio room.

In your letter of endorsement, please state your reasons why such a facility would be of benefit to our community.

Please include your name, home/business address on the letter and send to:

Steve Hymas
Director of Youth
Mansfield Town Football Club
One Call Stadium
Quarry Lane
NG18 5DA


Woburn Lane facility a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity, says Stags boss Evans
chad.co.uk, by MATT BROOKS, Tuesday 07 March 2017

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans has labelled the proposed sports facility at Woburn Lane as a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for the Stags and the wider community.

The club revealed artwork for the multi-purpose centre in Pleasley this week as work continues on preparing the site for development, which Evans believes will be of benefit to the town for generations to come.

Stags boss Steve Evans It will include a full 3G floodlit pitch, three full-sized grass pitches and a mini pitch, as well changing rooms and a main pavilion to include a function room, two classrooms, office space and a physio room.

“What Mansfield Town needs and what (chairman) John Radford’s wallet needs is five or six lads coming into the first team,” said Evans.

“How do you find them? You find them when you’re watching them once or twice a week. We want youngsters to come and play there.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/woburn-lane-facility-a-once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity-says-stags-boss-evans-1-8425667

“There’s eight dressing rooms at that facility because we want five or six games over the weekend, sometimes in the evenings under the lights, because we want to be watching kids develop to earmark them early, instead of watching them go to Forest, Sheffield Wednesday or to Derby County.

“The only way we can do that is to tell them what we’re all about. We’ve got fantastic community coaches and it’s great for them that this facility will be in place.”

Evans has been involved in the planning alongside chairman John Radford, chief executive Carolyn Radford and director Steve Hymas and is excited by what the future may hold for the facility.

He said: “It’s not just a training ground for the Stags of course but it will benefit Mansfield Town’s integration in the community. It’s fantastic news. There are going to be other sports around there and ladies football, which we endorse as well.

“To see all the kids in the community and for us to be part of it is pleasing. Mansfield is a big town but it’s also a town where everyone knows everyone and we want to make sure that we give enough back to the community, because they’re fantastic to the football club.”

The club have asked the community to pen a letter of endorsement in support of the proposed facility and Evans has urged people to take up the offer. “Ventures like this only come round once in our lifetimes,” he said.

“People can look at their kids and beyond that to their grandchildren and see where they’ll be taking their kids. It’s a facility which is not just going to be fantastic for football, it’s going to be fantastic for a variation of sports.

“You can’t do enough to be part of the community and I think that’s why you get people back, because you’re good to them. We want to make sure that facility gets recognition from all types of sports and people shouldn’t be frightened to say what they think; to back it, endorse it and be part of it.”

“Our director Steve Hymas, who is heading this up for the chairman, has asked people to get a meeting with him, tell him what we need and how we can improve it. A lot of minds are better than one or two.”

The club would like people to state in their own words reasons why such a facility would be of benefit to the community and can address the letter to Steve Hymas, Director of Youth, Mansfield Town Football Club, One Call Stadium, Quarry Lane, Mansfield, Notts, NG18 5DA.

Club officials have asked for all those wishing to write a letter include their name, home/business address and also expressed an interest in hearing from any potential groups or teams that may wish to use the facility.


OPINION: Mansfield Town’s sports facility plan ticks all the right boxes
chad.co.uk, by TIM MORRISS, Thursday 09 March 2017

I have said it many times this season, but I will say it again: Has there ever been a more exciting time to be a Mansfield Town fan?

The enthusiasm that is being generated on and off the pitch shows no sign of letting up - and long may it continue.

The latest good news came this week with the announcement that the club’s plans for a sports facility at Woburn Lane in Pleasley were finally moving forward after earlier hiccups.

The club, which revealed artist’s impressions of the proposals sure to excite fans, has asked supporters to back the idea by writing letters of support ahead of the application coming before a council planning committee - and to help the Stags with grant applications for the project.

And why wouldn’t you?

Director of youth at the Stags, Steve Hymas, revealed the multi-purpose facility would include a full 3G floodlit pitch, three full-sized grass pitches and a mini-pitch.

There are also plans for a pavilion to include eight dressing rooms to cater for all age groups and a further building that would include a function room, two classrooms, offices and a physio room.

Perhaps more importantly, the proposals seem to tick an awful lot of boxes that would persuade councils and grant bodies to say yes.

Just look at the categories that this plan would seem to fit and so hopefully persuade councillors to give the plans the go-ahead.

Would it be of benefit to the community?

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/opinion-mansfield-town-s-sports-facility-plan-ticks-all-the-right-boxes-1-8429615

A big fat yes to that one - The club has already said it wants to hear from groups and clubs who would be interested in using the facilities. And, of course, a wide variety of players at the club would benefit, from the first team through to the academy.

Would it promote the local economy and create additional jobs?

Yes - Work to create the facility and then employment opportunities for the running of the facility will follow.

Would it help a local company to expand? Yes - Mansfield Town Football Club has long cherished a desire to further expand its facilities in this way, even looking back to the controversial days when Keith Haslam owned the club.

Would it provide physical and education activities for young people? Yes - The provision of classrooms in the plans shows the club’s intention to expand its already growing connection with youngsters. And in today’s society anything that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents through exercise has to be a good thing.

That is just four areas where this plan looks to be a winner and one deserving of support.

Of course, there may be local objections as with most proposed developments.

But this is another example of the Stags wanting to become the hub of the community, just as its development of the Sandy Pate Bar and 1861 Suite have turned the club into a seven-days-a-week operation, for example, used by many people in the area - even, dare I say it, none Stags fans (if such people exist!)

Food, entertainment and social functions are now an established part of Mansfield Town Football Club, together with a growing family matchday experience for younger fans. If this sports facility gets the go-ahead, it will further extend the growing links between the Stags and the community.

Manager Steve Evans called it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and also urged fans to get involved and give their opinions. “We want to make sure that facility gets recognition from all types of sports and people shouldn’t be frightened to say what they think; to back it, endorse it and be part of it,” he said. He also pointed out that such facilities could help nurture young, homegrown talent so that youngsters were no longer attracted elsewhere at a young age.

Reasons to be cheerful about the Stags... reasons to be writing that letter in support of their proosal.



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