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Come See AFC Bournemouth U23’s vs Southampton U23’s

We are delighted to offer AFC Business members an exclusive event giving you the chance to combine football, hospitality and networking.

The Cherries will be looking to do the double over south coast rivals Southampton and secure their place in the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup. The squad is set to feature future stars such as Alex Dobre and Gavin Kilkenny who have already made their first-team debuts.

Treat clients or staff to a night under the lights at Vitality Stadium and join us for our AFC Business Premier League Cup evening on Friday 21st February.

Hosted in Bubbles Champagne Lounge from 5pm, guests will receive a pre-match buffet, drinks vouchers and access to our executive seating. The perfect way to start the weekend.

Places are just £35 + VAT and can be booked here. For more information, please contact

We hope to see you on the night!

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AFC Business June Gin Evening

AFC Business June Gin Evening

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AFCB Corporate Golf Day

AFC Bournemouth Corporate Golf Day, sponsored by Mackoy Ltd.

The event will take place at Remedy Oak Golf Club near Wimborne on Tuesday 28th May, with the cost £450 + VAT per team of four players.

Attendees will receive a coffee and bacon roll on arrival, a round of golf on the beautifully maintained 18-hole course, as well as a two-course meal with coffee afterwards.

For more information and to book your place, please email or call 01202726314.


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Region’s economic powerhouse growing

Region’s economic powerhouse growing

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area is an economic powerhouse which is only going to get stronger, the latest AFC Business event was told.

More than 80 directors, business leaders, decision-makers and business people were at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium for the May networking breakfast.

They heard newly-elect BCP Council member Nigel Hedges talk about the importance of businesses to the region’s prosperity.

Cllr Hedges, the Conservative councillor for Wallisdown and Winton West, said: “This is a brilliant area in which to do business – a financial powerhouse in a rural county. We must be on our toes ready to do business and benefit from each other.

“I will continue to bang the drum for business and BCP Council will do all it can to facilitate economic development – in a sense the council is a self-sufficient business itself, representing 400,000 people and with a £750 million budget.”

Cllr Hedges, who hosted the breakfast event, added: “AFC Business offers a fabulous opportunity to meet so many different businesses and see how brilliant you all are at what you do.”

AFC Business, the free to join business club with almost 1,800 members, is the engine for all the Premier League club’s commercial activities. It was launched in 2009 and gives members exclusive offers at AFC Bournemouth, access to events and is a great chance to meet local businesses.

Amy Brunton, AFC Bournemouth’s partnerships manager, said the next business event would be the popular Play on the Pitch five-a-side football tournament at Vitality Stadium on May 15.

This is followed on June 13 by the AFC Business Gin Evening in Bubbles Champagne Lounge at the stadium, featuring Rupert Holloway, who will discuss the success behind creating Dorset’s locally distilled, award-winning Conker spirits.

AFC Business’ five main partners are Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Hill Osborne and Strategic Solutions.

For further information about the business club, email your details to Aysia Smith at or see to book event tickets.

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Cherries stars on crest of a wave

Cherries stars on crest of a wave

AFC Bournemouth superstars Ryan Fraser and Nathan Ake dropped in for the latest Ability Counts session at Vitality Stadium. The two internationals took part in practice drills and activities on the club’s training pitches before handing out medals and goodie bags, signing autographs and posing for photos.

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust’s Ability Counts programme consists of weekly sessions which cater for more than 100 children and adults with physical and/or learning disabilities. Ryan is the club’s project ambassador for the programme, which is sponsored by Dairy Crest, a leading manufacturer of British food brands, including Cathedral City cheddar. Attendees at the session were wearing Cathedral City branded AFC Bournemouth shirts as Ryan and Nathan put them through their paces.

Long-established Dairy Crest has sponsored the Ability Counts programme for two seasons and is an official partner of the Community Sports Trust. Nigel Marchant, Dairy Crest marketing controller, said: “We are honoured to be able to support such a worthwhile scheme. It is absolutely fantastic to see the joy on the faces of the participants. The Dairy Crest community programme supports and enhances the communities in which we work and live – and Ability Counts is a perfect example of this.”

AFC Bournemouth head of community, Steve Cuss, said: “We would like to extend our very grateful thanks to Ability Counts sponsors Dairy Crest through its Cathedral City brand. Their generous sponsorship allows us to reach out to the community and include so many more people – young and not so young – in our programmes.”

Dairy Crest also sponsors Cherries’ accessible travel service to away matches.

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Back to school for Cherries stars

Back to school for Cherries stars

AFC Bournemouth players Nathan Ake and Jordon Ibe joined in with the club’s Premier League Primary Stars session at Pokesdown Primary School.

Students at the school enhanced their footballing skills under the expert guidance of the two popular Cherries players during a fun-filled afternoon.

Thirty lucky students were selected for the session with 60 others joining their classmates for a question and answer session with the Bournemouth stars.

Medhurst IT sponsors the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust’s Primary Stars initiative, which looks to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills through football.

AFC Bournemouth Head of Community Steve Cuss said: “We take PE sessions to schools across Bournemouth and Poole and we’ve been very lucky to have had Nathan and Jordon join us to participate in the lesson.

“The two players have been fantastic. Nathan is the club ambassador for the project and he’s supported it right from September since the start of the school year and has attended a number of different sessions.

“It’s always special when players come along and join in – the kids have been getting some really good advice and it’s been a fantastic afternoon.

“We’re really grateful to Medhurst IT for supporting this programme. We’re in and out of schools as often as we can be – today we’ve been in 20 different schools delivering the Primary Stars project.

Nathan also gave his thoughts after spending time with the students. He said: “It’s always great to take part. We’ve been to sessions a few times now and it’s good to see the children smiling and being able to interact with them.

“There was certainly some talent out there – a few kids who were really good – but the main thing is that everyone enjoys themselves and we joined in a few little games. People were showing their little tricks and that was great to see.”

Charlie Baynes from Medhurst IT said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Premier League Primary Stars programme, as we have in recent seasons.

“When you see the energy of the students involved it shows you what an exciting time it is for football in the area, and we are happy to be a part of that.”

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AFC Business Modern Slavery Workshop

AFC Business are teaming up with BCHA Liberty Project and The Safer Poole Partnership to deliver a complimentary workshop around Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking.

This complimentary event starts at 9am and will include:

  • Networking opportunities
  • Tea, coffee and a pastry
  • Modern slavery workshop, delivered by BCHA Liberty Project and The Safer Poole Partnership

Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime globally because the risk is low and the profit is high. Very few people are brought to justice who have recruited, trafficked and exploited people. Unlike drugs or guns which have once off or limited use after purchase, if you purchase a man, woman or child you can exploit them once, twice, three times for years, 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years.

This workshop will provide awareness and basic training on:

  • What human trafficking and modern slavery is
  • How victims are being exploited in our communities and examples of premises being used
  • What it looks like and the risk indicators to look out for in employees and supply chains
  • The reporting process if you suspect exploitation or trafficking
  • The support available for victims

We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

Book your place here

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