The day was jam-packed with football inspired activities, including specially designed chair football, games of ‘Beat the Goalie’ and even a skills demonstration from the experts. The visit also provided a great opportunity for residents to find out from members of the sports trust the skill and intense training programme it takes for footballers to reach a professional level.
The visit from the community team was thanks to the ongoing partnership between AFC Bournemouth 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.
Janice Turner, Home Manager at Castle Dene, commented: “Care South has a fantastic relationship with AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust and our residents love getting involved with the variety of activities, which are tailored to each resident’s capability. At Castle Dene, it’s really important to us that we keep our residents involved in their local community and continue meeting lots of new people. Our partnership with the Trust is one we are very proud of and we look forward to another extra special visit soon.”
Freda Hooper, Resident at Castle Dene, added: “The visits from AFC Bournemouth Community Trust are always a highlight for us at Castle Dene. Many of us are avid Cherries fans so it’s fantastic to be able to meet team members and find out the latest news from the pitch. The sessions provide just the right of amount of exercise and are a great chance to have some fun with fellow football fans – long may they continue!”