Mansfield gained the Royal Charter of a market town in 1227 and has a 700-year-old market tradition. It was also the chief town of Sherwood Forest the base for Robin Hood, the very well known mediaeval robber and hero.
The market town is also home to Mansfield Town FC, best known as the Stags or Yellows. The team were relegated to the Conference National after spending 77 years in the Football League at the end of the 2007-2008 season. However they returned to the Football League in 2012-2013 after winning the Conference National Title.
Not only this, Mansfield is the birthplace of competitive swimmer and double Olympic gold medal winner Rebbecca Adlington OBE. Having attended The Brunts School, now known as Brunts Academy she became one of 94 to have benefited from an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence Award.