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Local students learn about the importance of teamwork with Andrew Surman

Posted: Mon 21 Mar 2016
Surman poses for a photo with students

Students from Poole High School were treated to a visit from AFC Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman as part of a social enterprise programme led by Destination Education.

The ‘My’ Team programme, which is sponsored by Poole’s Dolphin Shopping Centre, saw Year 10 BTEC sports students visit Vitality Stadium and undertake a series of confidence-inspiring team building exercises.

Supported by AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust, the students learned about communication barriers, negotiation and teamwork. 

The day also included a surprise visit from Surman, who took part in a question and answer session with the pupils and explained the importance of being part of a team. 

“What’s brilliant about Destination Education is to see young people actively wanting to participate in teamwork activities," commented Surman.

"Being a capable and effective team player is crucial to success. Whether it is winning a football game, league, or cup, or being able to take on challenges that occur across life, including business situations and the workplace - teamwork is key.”

The programme, which is also being offered to Lytchett Minster School, Magna Academy, Corfe Hills and St.Aldhelm’s Academy, will provide students with the tools and techniques to develop the skills that will help them to be an effective team member.  

Destination Education offers a range of programmes focusing on employability skills such as career planning, teamwork and interview technique. The students are led through a range of exercises and discussions to explore their aspirations for the future, supported by materials, videos and music.
Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner recently heaped praise on the work of AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust, which you can read here