The first virtual session was delivered via Zoom to residents at Care South’s Queensmead care home in Christchurch and Maiden Castle House in Dorchester.
During the call, residents had fun trying out some football related activities, which was especially good for those who have missed being able to attend games at Vitality Stadium.
The session featured a personalised video message from Jack Wilshere, the club’s new project ambassador. Looking ahead, the team of community coaches will also be making weekly calls to the residents to improve physical and mental wellbeing.
Following the activities, chief executive of Care South, Simon Bird, said, “The seventh year of our much-treasured partnership with AFC Bournemouth has been by far our most challenging yet.
“We are so grateful to Steve Cuss and his team at the Community Sports Trust in making sure that our residents still have their weekly sessions, combining fun, reminiscence and exercise, broadcasting live over Zoom into the lounges of all Care South’s care homes.
“Also, a warm welcome to our new project ambassador Jack Wilshere – I know that many of our residents are fans, and very much looking forward to meeting him.”
Head of community at AFC Bournemouth, Steve Cuss, said, “We are delighted to be able to see everyone again at Care South through the adapted online visits.
“We are looking forward to enjoying the football and social aspects of the sessions as we have missed the engagement with all the residents and staff at the homes.
“It will be great to share this time with everyone until we are able to be with them in person.”
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