Tuesday, 26 March 2013

AFCB's League One Family Award was well deserved

I was absolutely delighted to hear that AFCB had won the League One Family Club of the Year Award at the Brewery in London on Sunday night. The club has done some fabulous things for families like the special family days, when prices are lowered and there are lots of activities for the younger Cherries, and the brilliant Junior Cherry scheme which is bursting with new members all the time. My boys particularly like it when we get to the ground early and they can play under the Main stand for a while with Cherry Bear and their friends.

I expect that this Easter there will also be a lot of fun at Dean Court for visiting families with a packed schedule already organised by the look of the information in the last match day programme. 

I would like to think that the award gives a bit more of a balanced view of some of the pricing at the club, which was rather unfairly given a one-sided view by the BBC's League One survey earlier this season that took the most expensive ticket for the basis of its research.

The Junior Cherries will hopefully become the future of our fan base and it is vital that the club does everything it can to attract more young members. To see so many young faces around the ground always pleases me and it is great that so many families enjoy their day when they come to the Goldsands Stadium. Well done to all the staff at AFCB who helped win the Family Award. It just shows everyone inside and outside of the club that it is another aspect that AFCB has got right. 

I hope that Cherry Chimes can, in some small way, also offer the Family stand a bit of a voice and give all Cherry fans a chance to express their opinions about anything concerning the club.

Putting smiles on people's faces is what it is all about. We have a great club and so many people that are really trying to make a difference to try and get AFCB where the supporters, players and management want the club to be.

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