AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust hosted a special event for its Walking Football team.
The programme is sponsored by Care South, a not-for-profit leading provider of residential, dementia and nursing care across the south of England, which is entering its eighth season in partnership with the club.
Taking place at Littledown on Thursday morning, the club’s under-18 side were invited to take part in a friendly, putting their skills to the test in a different way.
The game was tightly contested and finished 5-5, with a penalty shootout needed to decide the winner!
Ollie Camis, who was in goal for the youth team, saved the decisive spot kick and ensured the youngsters came out victorious.
Watch: U18s join walking footballers
The two squads posed for photos together and also spent some time getting to know each other before, during and after the session.
The club would like to extend its thanks to the under-18s, the Walking Football team and Care South, which also enjoys regular sessions in its care homes, run by the Community Sports Trust.
James Silverton, customer relations manager at Care South, headed to Littledown to watch the match and he shared his delight after it was a big success.
“It was great to be involved and see such a fantastic game between the under-18’s and Walking Football team. AFC Bournemouth caters for all ages and the activities that have come from our partnership have been really rewarding to see.
We are so pleased that we’ve been able to welcome the Community Sports Trust back into our local homes for more football sessions and activities for residents in our care. These are a really important part of activities at Care South homes, helping to keep residents active and engaged, while meeting new people from the community team.”
Amy Marks, partnership manager at AFC Bournemouth, also commented.
“It was great to see individuals from the older and younger generation come together for a walking football game.
“The pace is very different to what the under-18s are probably used to, but it was great to have them come down and engage with the local community.”
AFC Bournemouth run weekly Walking Football coaching sessions in partnership with Care South. Walking Football is a version of the popular sport, with a few small rule changes.
These sessions are offered to both men and women aged 50+ and encourage them to keep fit and healthy without playing an especially competitive or demanding sport.
To get involved or find out more, contact [email protected].