Residents at Care South’s Queensmead care home were delighted to welcome the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust team back to their home, with everyone keen to put their footballing skills to the test after 18 months of virtual practice sessions.
The residents had plenty of warm up exercises in the morning to prepare for the football fun in the afternoon. The Sports Trust team made sure everyone in the makeshift pitch was able to get involved, using specially-designed, seated football games to bring out the competitive streak in residents.
Alma Garrido, Activities Lead at Queensmead, commented: “It’s great to welcome the team from AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust back to Queensmead. There was an hour of football matches at the home where, in one of the matches, two teams competed as Bournemouth vs. Chelsea. The Bournemouth team won the final goal, but everyone had a fantastic time getting into the football spirit. The football sessions that AFC Bournemouth run are an important part of our activities at the home, helping to keep our residents engaged and active with input from the community.”
The visit from the team was thanks to the ongoing partnership between AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust and Care South, which began in 2014. The partnership allows residents, home care service users and staff to get involved in a variety of activities, including meeting players, coffee mornings, walking football and visits to the Vitality Stadium.