AFC Bournemouth’s Community Trust has unveiled plans to expand their football programmes in the town.
The Trust is the community arm of the Premier League Football Club providing programmes ranging from soccer schools for the youth to visiting care homes.
The Trust is recruiting volunteers, as well as up-scaling the quality of its existing members.
The first team has progressed from league two to the Premier League in six seasons, and the Trust plans to continue to expand too.
Premier League Kicks is a unique Premier League funded programme encouraging 14+ year olds to engage in sport, and Premier League girls is developing a pathway for female players.
“We need to sustain them and grow them as the year goes on.”
Mr Andrew Battison the Community Operations Co-coordinator said: “With key Premier League funded programmes like Premier League Kicks and Premier League Girls, we need to deliver the business plans that we’ve submitted for. We need to sustain them and grow them as the year goes on.”
Below: Andrew Battison- Community Operations Coordinator
The trust visits up to 40 schools per week and these are incentives to encourage these kids to join the trusts other activities, as well as using Twitter to link to the main football club.
Mr Battison said: “Being relatively new to the Premier League we’ve had to grow really quickly.”
The club has expanded within the last year with the social inclusion based program ‘kicks’ which has gone from having three venues to 15 this year.
He added: “We link through the main football club here as well who are really supportive of everything we do in the community.”
The trust is facing challenges through recruitment due to AFC Bournemouth’s rapid growth and plan to advertise in January 2017 for positions within the trust.