AFC Bournemouth are inviting teenagers to go back to education and study for football qualifications.

The Cherries and The Bournemouth and Poole College are offering boys and girls aged 16 to 18 the chance to attend classes at Dean Court Stadium and then work alongside club Community staff in local schools.

Successful students will be awarded the FA-accredited Level 1 coaching certificate when the course ends in October.

Manager Eddie Howe, striker Steve Fletcher and Julie-Anne Houldey from Bournemouth and Poole College joined Head of the Community Sports Trust Steve Cuss to announce the course.

Howe said: "We really value the fantastic support we get from the community.

"This is another way we can maintain our involvement with fans and pay something back."

Head of Bournemouth's Community Sports Trust Steve Cuss said: "The club has always had strong ties with the community.

"We are really excited to be working with the college. We think this programme will be very popular."

College Head of Sixth Form Rob Garner said: "We are extremely pleased to offer young people opportunities that will boost their career prospects.

"This inspiring football coaching programme will do just that."

For more information about the course, please contact Steve Cuss on 01202 726373.

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