Our last, but certainly not least unsung hero is Kevin Newton. Kevin has been heavily involved with Teversal FC for 30 years and has gone from being a player to becomig involved behind the scenes. He is currently the Football Secretary for the whole club, Chartered Standard Co-ordinator and Coach for the U11s Sunday team, as well as the Tevie Tots training sessions. He puts between four and six hours a day of his time towards Teversal FC to make sure it runs smoothly.
Name: Kevin Newton
Team: Kevin Newton
Q: How did your relationship with Teversal start?
Kevin: I started as a player about thirty years ago and have been involved ever since. In 1990 the club was close to folding, so a few of us decided that we couldn’t let the club go so I became secretary. From that point we have grown from one adult men’s team to thirteen junior teams at 10 age groups, ladies team, first team and reserves so we’ve really developed. We’re constantly looking to develop. As well as secretary for the club I am also the chartered standard coordinator, coach for under 11s, and I also coach the tevie Tots, who are aged from three and a half to six.
Q: What has been the biggest challenge?
Kevin: The biggest challenge has probably been securing the grounds for the club. We have a long running issue with the council regarding the lease. Once we have the lease sorted we can develop our mini soccer area for our under 7’s to play five a side and many other developments that will improve the profile of our club even more.
Q: What has been your proudest moment?
Kevin: Probably the fact that the club has grown so much over the last 25 years. As a club we have an aim; we want to be a successful football club. We have a team that’s competing in the national league system at step six in the non-league game. The youth system is set up to go through with the simple aim that we want them to play professional football. If they don’t play professional football, hopefully they stay and play for Teversal.
We had one player recently who was only here for three months, who was disheartened as he didn’t make the first team in his previous club, but he had an opportunity in our first team. He’s now signed a professional contract at Barnsley. We’ve also had another player, Jason Law, who spent two years with us who has recently signed profession for Mansfield.
But we’re not just here for football. We’re here to develop the players socially. I’d like to think that football can give them the confidence that they can address social issues as well as sporting issues. That’s something we’re proud of. We have hard working ethics.
Q: Who are you going to take with you to the exec box?
Kevin: Russ, who nominated me, is a massive Forest fan so I’ll definitely take him and his son Nathan. I’ll also take my wife Alison. Alison and I are going to make a day of it and go to the theatre in the evening afterwards, which will be nice.
Q: Do your family get involved in football?
Kevin: My wife got involved with doing the tea bar for the first team games so she could see me- She’s been really supportive and kept the home fires burning while I’ve been out at meetings and training sessions. My son Craig plays for the club and coaches. He’s in the reserves and hoping to get into the first team. My daughter Eleanor is involved with doing the paperwork for the tots and helps out on match days and comes to away games with me. Her boyfriend is youth section treasurer, reserves manager and under 9s manager as well as helping with the ladies. When he first started seeing Eleanor he came down here and caught the Teversal bug!