Three lucky residents from Care South’s Fairlawn care home in Ferndown are looking forward to cheering on the Cherries this Sunday (25 October) as they play Tottenham Hotspur in the first ever competitive meeting between the teams. The residents will attend the match with three student volunteers from Bournemouth University, AFC Bournemouth’s Higher Education Partner.
The complimentary tickets are part of Care South’s community partnership with AFC Bournemouth, which began in 2014. Ahead of the game, the university students visited Fairlawn yesterday (21 October) to meet the residents over a cup of tea. The students are part of a group of volunteers from Bournemouth University who organise a wide range of activities in the local community, which students volunteer thousands of hours of their time to support.
The match promises to be an extremely exciting one, with the Spurs fighting for Champions League qualification in their first competitive visit to Vitality Stadium. The Cherries will continue their mission to remain in the top tier of English football.
Neil Dominy, Home Manager at Care South’s Fairlawn, said: “Our residents are thrilled to be attending such a high profile match on Sunday! The three that we have chosen are all big fans of the Cherries and can’t wait to see their team in action. We were also very happy to welcome the students from Bournemouth University into the home. At Care South, it’s very important to us that our residents remain an important part of their local community and continue to meet new people.”
Hannah Wiseman from the volunteering and green impact team from SUBU (Students’ Union at Bournemouth University) Volunteering, said: “Students at Bournemouth get involved in a wide variety of ways in the local community making a positive difference to the area in which they are studying. Opportunities like this, where football is bringing people together across different generations, also increase students’ understanding of the wider community and it is great that the partnership with AFC Bournemouth is making this possible.”