Mansfield Town apprentices and staff recently hosted a fun filled coffee and cake morning at their RH Academy training base, welcoming residents from Oaklands and Corner House, two local homes that promote independent living for adults with learning disabilities.
The event kicked off with a morning of meaningful chat and engagement between apprentices, staff and visitors.
This was then followed by an afternoon of enjoyable football activities out on the 3G pitch, with the residents also having the opportunity to tour the Academy facilities and even have some fun in the gym.
Reflecting on the day, a staff member from Corner House said: “Corner House would like to thank Mansfield Town scholars and all the staff at Mansfield for the fabulous time we had at the RH Academy.
“Our residents have praised the scholars for making it such a fun session and having photos with them. The scholars really interacted with the residents and to watch that was heart-warming. The effort and dedication was evident and how well everyone engaged just shows how much work went into organising the event.”
An Oaklands staff member also said: “I personally thought it was really moving to see the scholars interacting and encouraging our residents on the pitch. They all really enjoyed themselves. A couple of them are looking forward to their call up for the match on Saturday!”
A parent of one of the attendees added: “Matty’s been great bless him. Happy, funny and cheeky. It’s lovely to see him like this. He visited family at the weekend which he always loves and so do they. They’ve all seen the outing to RH Academy and the video of Matty and they were touched by it all.
“It stirred up lots of happy memories and conversations between us over the weekend which was lovely.”