AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust were delighted to welcome a selection of participants from the weekly ‘girls only’ coaching sessions to Vitality Stadium for the Aston Villa match.
A group of girls, who attend the development coaching sessions, supported by Bournemouth University, were selected to represent the Cherries a fixture against their counterparts, Crystal Palace. They played a 40-minute match prior to kick-off on the 3G pitches at Vitality Stadium.
Additionally, the girls from both clubs enjoyed the opportunity to be flagbearers as the players entered the pitch and, at half-time, they had another exciting chance to go on the pitch as they took part in the penalty shoot-out.
Speaking about the match day experience, head of community Steve Cuss said: "Matchdays are a fantastic way of bringing together participants from our girls development sessions, providing the opportunity to play a match and to take part in the events inside the stadium.
"We were delighted to welcome Crystal Palace to be part of the day and share in such a positive experience."
AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust offer weekly ‘girls only’ football coaching opportunities at venues in Bournemouth and Brockenhurst. For further information on how to get involved in these sessions please contact girls and women’s development officer Matt Underwood on [email protected].