Variety is the spice of life, as someone probably once said. At AFC Bournemouth the fans certainly share that ethos.
It is a tribute to the ‘get up and go` attitude of supporters who follow our club that we have different groups which cater for almost every fans needs. BFC provide a regular meeting place for Cherries fans; Playershare involvement has been legendary; Exiles provide a forum for those living away from Dean Court; In addition there is the Vice-Presidents, Shareholders, KDSA, RednBlack, and the upthecherries.co.uk website to name just, well, more than just a few.
Each ‘group` has different aims, rules, constitution etc. But every single group has one thing in common. One cause around which we all unite. A desire to see AFC Bournemouth succeed.
Each group harnesses the skills of its own membership to get things done. People, ‘Boscombe` supporters, give up their valuable time to help move the club forward, and to make things better for us all. You see them every week. Paul Frank with his dedicated fund-raising work for Playershare; Debbie Harris, who has revitalised the Junior Cherries. There are many more.
But what happens when the knowledge or skills don`t exist within the group? Where does each group turn?
Well, working on the principle that a problem shared is a problem halved, the CM is proposing the setting up of a ‘Fans Council`. No, come back?
“Not another group!” we hear you scream? Bear with us! Far from just being a ‘talking shop`, a Fans` Council would be an ideal place to share ideas, gather support from other colleagues, or simply raise any issues of concern which can be fed back to the club.
Isn`t this yet another commitment? Well yes, but it needn`t be. During the early days the Council could meet every two months, and see whether it has benefits.
Of course, this can`t happen without your support. So if you belong to one of the above groups (or indeed one not mentioned) and would like to get involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the response is there we can make it happen!