AFC Bournemouth women’s manager, Steve Cuss, has expressed his delight at the growing partnership with Bournemouth University, who this year will be the side’s front-of-shirt sponsor.
The organisation has supported the four youth age groups in previous seasons, but the 2020/21 campaign will be their first affiliated with the first team and development squad.
Speaking to afcb.co.uk about the deal, Cuss stated how he was pleased to continue working with the university.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have Bournemouth University back on board. The partnership we have with them is really strong,” he began.
“Last season they took on the shirt sponsor with the girls teams and it just seems like a natural progression for them to come and take on the shirt sponsor for the women’s team.
“I think it just expands the partnership and it has been great for the past few years now, so we’re excited to continue working with them.
“We’ve also got Vitality on board and they are big promotors of sport and women in sport in particular. They’ve been big followers of our women’s team since I’ve been manager.
“They’re always asking questions around it and I’ve been providing them with lots of information about the team, so we’re thrilled to have them on board as partners for the women’s team.”
With the season just around the corner, and the women facing their first game of the season away to Eastleigh in the FA Cup on Sunday, Cuss admitted he is eager to get going.
“We’re really excited for the season to start.
“It’s been a bit of a strange pre-season in terms of coming back into small groups like a lot of clubs did and that’s all we were allowed to do at the time.
“Gradually restrictions have been lifted and we’ve got back into doing a couple of game-related events which were good. The FA Cup draw then came out and we were pitched in the first round.
“We’re raring to go now, we’ve trained hard for the past eight weeks and the players are looking forward to it.”
It’s not just the women’s side who are preparing for the new campaign, with the under-10s, under-12s, under-14s and under-16s all back in training.
“We’ve got the girls teams back as well and they’ve had a number of friendlies, so we’ve enjoyed watching them play,” continued Cuss.
“I’m delighted to say that we’ve got another three of last year’s under-16s that have been in-and-around the first team squad too, so hopefully they’ll progress well in the coming months and be part of the first team on a regular basis, along with our new signings.”