AFC Bournemouth star brings safety to schools

Steve Fletcher (centre) with Dan Gosling and Cherry Bear plus children from King’s Park Academy.

Steve Fletcher (centre) with Dan Gosling and Cherry Bear plus children from King’’s Park Academy.

Children at King’s Park Academy got a kick out of one special lesson when Cherries’ soccer star Dan Gosling came to visit on a Yellow Bus.

He is player ambassador for the Cherries Community Sport Trust’s ‘Soccer Safety School’ that is driving safety lessons into classrooms.

Yellow Buses is a sponsor and helping the club visit schools in the community where youngsters are taught how to stay safe.

Three Year 5 classes at King’s Park Academy met Dan Gosling and club legend Steve Fletcher and took part in a safety quiz with a chance to win tickets for a game.

Club mascot Cherry Bear was also there and the children were thrilled to have VIP guests at their school.

Steve Cuss, the club’s Head of Community, has developed the programme that is proving a hit across the conurbation.

He said: “Together with Yellow Buses we have been bringing fun safety lessons to schools – and we are still looking for new schools to join.

“The Safety Soccer School highlights the risks and dangers that children face when out playing.

“These involve road safety, which is something that Yellow Buses are experts in.

“We all want our children to be healthy and fit but we also want them to remain safe when they’re playing.”

Midfielder Dan Gosling said: “It was great to meet all the children, especially as the school is the nearest one to our ground.

“There were lots of Cherries’ fans amongst them and having a safety lesson on a bus must be a bit different for them.”

Lauren Dean, Associate Principal of King’s Park Academy, said: “A fantastic afternoon was had by our Year 5 children when Yellow Buses and AFCB visited for a soccer safety session.

“We love working with the community as it inspires and enthuses our children and gives them lasting memories.”

Fiona Harwood, from Yellow Buses, said: “As we had Cherries’ stars on this school visit we provided our AFC Bournemouth Bus, which has a Cherries’ theme throughout the interior and is in regular service.”

Goal! Dan Gosling, Cherry Bear and Steve Fletcher (at the rear) with children from King's Park Academy.

Dan Gosling, Cherry Bear and Steve Fletcher (at the rear) with children from King’s Park Academy.




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