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Wincanton Town FC (Youth Section) Guests Of AFC Bournemouth

Sunday 13 January 2013, 00:48
By Sean Chapman

On a very wet and cold Saturday morning just after Christmas, a group of Wincanton Town FC (Youth Section) Members, coaches and parents were invited to spend the day as guests of AFCBournemouth.

We set off from Wincanton Sports Ground in a coach supplied by South West Coaches, and headed off to the Goldsands Stadium, Dean Park, the home of AFC Bournemouth.

Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth

On Arrival we were welcomed by Nick (an AFCB Community Football Coach) who took us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium, which started with the Away Team changing room, before heading into the Press Room.

Wincanton Town Football Club Youth Section

We then walked out of the Players Tunnel and went into the Home Side Dug-Out.

Walking through the players tunnelSitting in the home-side dug-out

Next our guide Nick (AFC Bournemouth Community Coach), took us into the Home team changing rooms.

Home-side changing roomAFC Bournemouth Chairman, Eddie Mitchell

Now I have a question for you? Who is AFC Bournemouth's goalkeeper and who has to clean his boots (answer at the end)?

After this we went upstairs to have a look in the Boardroom, Conference Suite and then we met Eddie Mitchell, the Chairman of AFC Bournemouth in his box overlooking the pitch.

After a quick drink the kids got ready for a training session with Nick and Connor, AFCB Community Football coaches, on the full size 3G pitch located just outside the stadium.

Training session

Training session

Training session

At the end of the training session, we had a cross-bar challenge and one of our members hit it first time (the one and only time any of us hit the cross bar).

Tired happy kids after training session

We then returned inside for our lunch and afterwards were shown to our seats to watch 7th place AFC Bournemouth play 8th place Crawley Town. After a great game AFC Bournemouth came out victors with a 3-0 win.

AFC Bournemouth vs Crawley Town

Unfortunately our great day then had come to its end and we headed back to our coach for the journey home (with an unscheduled stop at Tower Park to get some tea).

As Club Secretary and Treasurer of Wincanton Town FC (Youth Section), it was a pleasure to spend my day with 13 of our local youngsters; they were a credit to the Wincanton Football Club and Wincanton town itself.

If you would like to know more or have anyone who wants to join YOUR local football club, boy or girl, contact us at .

The answer to my question is simply David James (and if he doesn't clean his own boots he gets fined, like all the AFCB players).


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