AFC Bournemouth Matchday and Campus Team

afcb-logo-newBU and AFC Bournemouth are offering students a unique chance to gain work experience within a Premiership football club.

Are you passionate about the ‘beautiful game’ or know nothing about football but are enthusiastic about providing excellent customer service? We are looking to recruit a select group of students, potentially in year two of their studies, who can commit to working with our partner AFC Bournemouth.

You will be part of their match day team, providing information and support to ensure the best possible experience for home and visiting fans at Vitality Stadium. At the games, you will act as a visible point of contact for supporter enquiries and information. You will also be required to assist disabled supporters, engage with young fans and gather data and feedback to assist the club in improving their service delivery on match days.

As a ‘club ambassador’, you will also play a pivotal role in promoting the partnership between the university and the Club during this, the first Premier League season for our local team. This would entail promoting games and AFCB related events on campus and working with SUBU to create a sense of excitement and participation in the lead up to matches.

More information

  • An enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required
  • Availability and a commitment to attend all home matches throughout the season which take place on weekend days or at night and also during the Christmas and Easter holidays. Some fixtures will fall during holidays and term dates.
  • AFC Bournemouth Premier League match ticket included for own use
  • Must arrive at Vitality Stadium on matchdays 2.5 hours prior to kick-off.

Ambassadors will receive a match day ticket for a premiership game in return for this commitment.

If you are interested in this position, please email Liz Finney, General Manager of AFC Bournemouth:

Closing Date: 5 October 2015.

BU student on Cherries’ first premiership game

Sara Foss is an MSc International Accounting and Finance student. She was the lucky winner of two tickets to AFC Bournemouth´s first premier league match against Aston Villa on Saturday 8 August 2015. Sara tells us about her day:

“I was super excited as I’ve never been to a premier league match before and it made it even better being able to support AFC Bournemouth. I’ve grown so fond of this city while doing my masters degree here!

“I chose to bring my friend from university. You could feel the excitement and anticipation around Bournemouth town in the early morning hours, which grew even stronger as we were walking towards the stadium.

“When we arrived at the stadium we were meet by thousands of AFC Bournemouth fans (and a couple of Aston Villa fans) and everyone was so happy and excited about the game. We had great seats behind the goal and the atmosphere at the stadium was fantastic.

“AFC Bournemouth dominated the first half and it was so much fun to watch. Unfortunately Aston Villa scored during second half and won the match 1-0.

“Even though we didn’t win, it was still an amazing experience to be a part of and I’m sure we’ll both remember this day for a long time. It was clearly one of the most fun experiences I have had during my year in Bournemouth.”

BU is the official Higher Education partner of AFC Bournemouth. Keep checking our Facebook page for more AFC Bournemouth competitions and news.

Win a free place in BU’s Running Squad for the Bournemouth 10k

bmf_10kBournemouth’s football team, AFC Bournemouth, made history last season when they won promotion to the English Premier League (EPL) for the first time ever. The EPL is the most watched league in the world with huge global audiences tuning into the matches. Bournemouth University is the official Higher Education partner of AFC Bournemouth and the partnership will continue for the 2015/16 season

As part of the activities to mark BU’s partnership for the historic season ahead, which kicks off on Saturday 8 August, we have entered a BU squad into the Bournemouth 10k run on Saturday 3 October 2015 and you could be in it.

The BU running team will, like a Premier League squad, be limited to 25 in number. BU has paid the entry fee for the team and the 25 places are now available to any BU staff member or currently enrolled student. As well as paying for your entry into the race, the BU running team will receive a team t-shirt and will need to be available for a photocall ahead of the race.

The 10k event is part of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival and is open to runners of all abilities.

You do not need to be an experienced runner to take on this challenge and there is time to plan a sensible training routine to enable you to successfully complete the run on 3 October.

To try and win a free place in the squad you need to answer this question:

Which AFC Bournemouth Director is a BU graduate and is featured on the back of one of our BU buses as part of our #BU Proud campaign?

Email us your answer. Please include your name, position at BU or course you are studying by midnight on Wednesday 5 August.  We will announce the BU 10k squad on Friday 7 August.

Community out in force for Sport Relief Mile


On Sunday 23 March the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile set off in Littledown Park, Bournemouth, with around 300 locals walking, running and jogging for Sport Relief.  Super sprinters and willing walkers felt at home with a choice of one, three or six mile runs.

The event was hosted by Bournemouth University’s sportBU, in conjunction with AFC Bournemouth Community Sport Trust and BH Live.

Highlights included a 75 year old entrant who walked the course backwards and the youngest entrant, only 2 years old, who waddled the course with his parents to a standing ovation from the crowd of spectators!

Sainsbury’s supported the event handing out free fruit and water to runners and AFC Bournemouth brought down their inflatable shoot out machine for spectators to keep themselves entertained.

In total, more than £1,800 was raised for Sport Relief through the Bournemouth event.

BU and AFC Bournemouth kick off partnership


A new partnership between Bournemouth University and AFC Bournemouth will create exciting opportunities for students, graduates and the local community.

The four-year partnership between BU and The Cherries is designed to enhance students’ experiences through a variety of exclusive work experience opportunities, giving them a competitive edge when looking for full-time work.

This includes working alongside the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust in delivering an annual season-long project for every year of the partnership, as well as supporting the club’s media and commercial team on match days.

Bournemouth University Vice-Chancellor John Vinney said he was delighted to see two of the town’s biggest institutions working together for the benefit of the students and the community.

“We are very excited about the partnership with AFC Bournemouth and the opportunities and experiences it will create for our students,” he said.

“It is also exciting that our two institutions will be partnering to make a difference in our local community, showing a continuing commitment to the area in which our staff and students live.”

The new partnership will also mean BU’s varsity football teams receive expert coaching from AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust.


At the launch of the partnership, the teams were treated to a training session with AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe at the Goldsands Stadium.

“I think it’s a great tie-up,” Eddie said.

“We would love to give people the experience of how a football club works and obviously, from the students’ perspective, that will be something that they will value greatly.

“We’ve already had a few interns getting full time jobs with us, so it’s hopefully a set up that works and hopefully both parties will benefit.”

Megan Cave, from the BU women’s varsity football team, took part in the training sessions at AFC Bournemouth.

“It’s been good to have this experience and see it all, and the coaching will help develop us as players and as a squad,” said the second year Sports Development and Coaching Sciences student.

“I’m interested in working somewhere like this in the future so it’s great to be able to get in here and make those professional links.”

A number of Bournemouth University graduates are already employed by AFC Bournemouth, including the club’s commercial director Rob Mitchell.

AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn said that he hoped the new partnership would also benefit the local community.

“This is the start of what we hope will be a really large and successful partnership, with two of the most esteemed organisations in the area joining forces to create centres of excellence,” he said.

“We like to think that the football club is the hub of the community and the contribution of the university will help this develop into an amazing relationship, bringing both local businesses and students in the area together.

“It is a great opportunity to develop the skills of young people both within the university and the football club.”