Spectrum Housing Group recently invited AFC Bournemouth to a football event at Shelley Gardens in Boscombe. The event was held on a new green space area on the scheme that local children and residents are invited to use.
Community Trust Coaches from AFC Bournemouth joined children of Spectrum Housing Group’s Shelley Gardens scheme for an afternoon of football skills and games. The Cherries mascot, Cherry Bear, also joined in the fun and the children enjoyed chasing and playing with him during the games.
The event was funded by Spectrum as part of their neighbourhood and community events project. Sainsbury’s also donated free food for the children which included bananas, squash, water and raisins.
Spectrum’s Neighbourhood Housing Officer, Julie Barrow, said the day had been a great success:
“A brilliant time was had by the residents and the staff. It was great to be outside making use of the green space. The children thoroughly enjoyed the football and there was a really good atmosphere. We would like to say a special thank you to Sainsbury’s for donating food and drinks and to AFC Bournemouth for providing their time and equipment for free.”
Premier League side, AFC Bournemouth, who play West Bromwich Albion away this weekend, were glad to be part of the day. Steve Cuss, the team’s Head of Community Sports Trust, said:
“It was great to be able to visit Shelley Gardens and see all the children enjoying football in a great community space. The coaches and Cherry Bear had a great day and thanks to Spectrum Housing Group for inviting us.”