Mansfield's One Call Stadium / credit: Mansfield Town

Mansfield Town have opened up a section of the One Call Stadium this week to be used as a Covid-19 testing facility.

The Stags are playing their part in the battle against coronavirus, transforming the 1861 suite, located inside the Ian Greaves Stand, into a walk-in testing centre for members of the public who aren’t showing symptoms.

In partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, the initiative is designed to drive down transmission rates using rapid turnaround tests supplied by NHS Test and Trace.

Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus are asymptomatic, so could be spreading the virus without knowing they have it.

To identify those who are asymptomatic and prevent further spread, Mansfield Town is taking an active role to support the local community.

By providing a facility that administers rapid turnaround tests, The Stags are playing their part in reducing local transmission of the virus.

The club’s stadium director Paul Broughton said: “We’re proud to be able to support Mansfield District Council and the people of our area as part of a collective effort to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19.”

“As the Town’s professional football club, we’re determined to play our part during this pandemic by supporting the local authorities, the NHS, and our community.”

Testing will be available for asymptomatic individuals aged 18-65 years. No appointments are needed.