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Mental Health Day comes to Vitality Stadium

Those in attendance pose pitchside for a photo.

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth supported World Mental Health Day on Tuesday by welcoming a host of guests to Vitality Stadium.

Those in attendance were treated to an introductory talk by Head of Community Steve Cuss, before being given a tour around the stadium.

Guests were then able to have pitchside photographs taken, whilst learning about the Cherries’ matchday experience in the changing rooms.

Following the tour, it was time for some tea and cake, before guests were treated to a question and answer session with first team coach and former Cherries player Stephen Purches.

Attendees heard the former defender speak in length about his career and several grabbed photos and autographs at the end.

The final activity of the day saw willing participants take to the football field, as they enjoyed a coaching session on the 3G pitches next to Vitality Stadium.

After the event, afcb.co.uk spoke to Disability and Inclusion Officer Hannah Powis, who had organised the day. 

“Mental Health is a huge issue and since I've been working for AFC Bournemouth's Community Sports Trust, we've done a lot of work with the cause,” she said. 

“A lot of the guests today haven't been able to get tickets for games before and therefore haven't ever been inside the stadium so it's nice to provide this opportunity for them. 

“It's been a great event and it was really good to see people socialising here today.”

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