AFC Bournemouth played host to Bournemouth University’s Family Fun Day on Saturday 28 May.
Around 350 people attended the event, where staff members, both academic and professional services, came together with their families to enjoy a range of activities, from football to food.
Activities included training sessions with AFC Bournemouth coaches, tours of the Vitality Stadium, interactive games, and an in-depth look at the partnership between the University and the football club, all taking place in the Dorset sunshine.
Jim Andrews, Chief Operating Officer, said, “The BU Family Day at AFC Bournemouth was a brilliant opportunity for staff to come together with their families. I know my children enjoyed all the activities, especially the stadium tour and the face painting. It was also a great chance to highlight our partnership with AFC Bournemouth and to celebrate all the activities we have undertaken together. It was good to be able to use their facilities and speak to AFC Bournemouth staff as the Family Day took place too. If you were there, I really hope you enjoyed it!”
There was something for all the family during the event, with face painting, bouncy castles and Powerstrike activities also dotted around the ground.
Mark Painter attended the Family Fun Day with his two boys, Josh and Alfie. He said, “We’re longstanding fans of AFC Bournemouth and this sort of day is a brilliant opportunity to come down with the boys and do something different with the Club. AFC Bournemouth has always been a big family club and this is a really nice way of showing that communities and families are still really important to the Club and the University.”
Amanda Bailey, Operations Officer at Bournemouth University, attended the day with her daughter and godson. She said, “The family fun day was so well organised, we had a brilliant time – the stadium tour was a particular highlight and really well done and we all enjoyed it.”
The partnership between BU and AFC Bournemouth brings a range of benefits, including employability opportunities for BU students, as match day ambassadors, and for journalism students to work on the media side of the global sporting environment created by AFC Bournemouth’s position in the Premier League.
In addition, the club is responsible for the training of BU’s men’s and women’s football teams, and the club and the university are undertaking a range of joint projects in the community for the benefit of local residents.
To read more about Bournemouth University’s partnership with AFC Bournemouth, read our news story about the Premier League collaboration over the past 12 months.