Care South residents spent Saturday evening cheering on their partners at AFC Bournemouth as the Premier League club returned to action.

Despite the result, residents and staff in the not-for-profit charity’s 12 Dorset care homes had a great evening by holding themed football parties.

As well as watching the match, which was the first live Premier League match shown live on the BBC, residents reminisced about their memories of cheering on from the stands.

During the day, they also took part in football games around the homes, thanks to merchandise donated to the residents by the team at the Cherries’ store.

Care South also ran an internal competition for its staff to win a signed Cherries football and shirt. Staff were challenged to predict the total number of corners in the match and the time of the first goal, which unfortunately was scored by Crystal Palace in the 0-2 defeat.

Care South and the Community Sports Trust have a partnership entering a seventh year. The Trust runs regular sessions at the care provider’s homes, helping residents of all abilities to stay active, and provide an opportunity to socialise and share cherished footballing memories.

Before lockdown, residents regularly welcomed AFCB’s Community Sports Trust and Care South Ambassador Aaron Ramsdale for armchair football games, as well to socialise and talk about the club. These visits have been temporarily suspended to help keep everyone safe.

Care South is a leading provider of high quality, person-centred residential, dementia, nursing and in-home care across the south, with a number of care homes across Dorset.

For more information, visit www.care-south.co.uk or call 01202 712400.