Residents at Care South’s Templeman House in Bournemouth welcomed AFC Bournemouth’s Marc Pugh to a special celebratory event yesterday to mark three years of the partnership between AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust and Care South.
The Cherries winger, who is an ambassador for the partnership, joined residents at Templeman House for a game of chair football. Jim Nolan, a resident at Templeman House also showed off his footballing skills – in his youth he had a trial for Tottenham Hotspur and has been an avid footballer all his life.
Care South’s partnership with AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust enables 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.
Led by Marc and the Community Sports Trust’s coaches, residents were invited to take part in an exciting game, from the comfort of their armchairs. Marc, who has been at the club since the summer of 2010 and is a firm favourite with fans and the many Care South residents he has visited, spent time chatting to the residents about the team’s recent news and successes in the Premier League.
Susan Willoughby, Chief Executive at Care South, said: “We are delighted to mark another successful year of our partnership with AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust and are looking forward to continuing this fruitful relationship. Over the last year, residents have visited the Vitality Stadium, enjoyed regular chair football sessions with the Community Sport’s Team coaches and some were lucky enough to watch the Cherries play at home. Marc is a fantastic ambassador for the partnership and his support has helped to drive strong levels of interest in the work we are doing together.”
Amy Marks, Partnerships Executive at AFC Bournemouth, said: “We are extremely proud to continue such a fantastic and unique partnership with Care South. The sessions aim to improve physical and emotional health and fitness, as well as promoting social interaction. AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust delivers a fantastic project to the residents and we would like to thank Care South for their continued support.”
Care South is the leading provider of residential and home care services across the south of England. Care South has care homes in Dorset, north Devon, Somerset and West Sussex, and home care offices covering Bath and north east Somerset and south Somerset.