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Afobe eyes 'positive influence' for PL Primary Stars

16 Nov 2016
Benik Afobe, AFC Bournemouth, Primary Stars launch, 161116

AFC Bournemouth striker becomes a manager for the day as he launches club's new school programme

"Work together, don't moan at each other. If someone loses the ball or does something wrong, just encourage."

Benik Afobe passed on footballing advice to schoolchildren when he stepped into management recently at a special event to launch the club's Premier League Primary Stars programme.

The Cherries striker pitted his wits against club legend Steve Fletcher as he took charge of a team in a small-sided match on a visit to Winton Primary School.

"I've still got a few years before I go into management because it's not good for your heart!" Afobe told afcb.co.uk after the match ended in a draw. "The feeling that you get when the other team score, I don't know how Mr Howe does it.

"I never had anything like a Premier League player coming into my school as a kid; it's good for them to see the local players and hopefully we can have a positive influence with the Premier League Primary Stars programme."

The Premier League Primary Stars programme is a new initiative that aims to develop skills and ambition on and off the pitch with resources for girls and boys aged 5-11.

The initiative will allow AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust to expand their School Sport offering, which last year benefitted more than 4,500 youngsters.

"Premier League Primary Stars is a fantastic opportunity for AFC Bournemouth to work closely with local Primary Schools, offering regular coaching support to PE lessons," said Steve Cuss, head of AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust.

See: Afobe and Fletcher help launch PL Primary StarsAFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust

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