The first AFC Bournemouth Premier League season was extremely successful and I think one of the reasons for this success, at least in how the home games were managed, was the great job done by BU ambassadors.
This season we have significantly expanded the ambassador programme, recruiting eight new ambassadors. Our new student ambassadors quickly learned all the ins-and-outs of the club and became part of a team of key match day employees.
Every home game we have been managing the disabled lounge, helped with running the Junior FanZone, facilitated the club shop and ran various other projects. This was a great opportunity for us to improve our key skills and use these in improving the club. Moreover, we have had a chance to meet fans, celebrities and footballers.
We have seen some great games, goals and wins. We supported the club and were taken through a range of emotions together. Finally, we stayed together and managed to survive in the Premier League.
For me personally there were some remarkable moments this season.
One that will stick in my mind was during the drama against Everton, when we drew 3-3. There was a kid sitting behind me. You could see during this game that his heart, soul and belief belonged to the Cherries. Emotions I saw on his face during this game I will probably never forget. He was very sad when we were 0-2 down. He started smiling and dancing when we equalised. A few minutes after that, when Everton scored a third, this kid stated crying. He kept crying when we equalised again in injury time, but the only thing that changed was the smile that appeared on his face. He was smiling and crying.
These emotions and memories are priceless and I would like to thank the Cherries for all these remarkable memories and emotions – and the opportunity to work at the club this season.
Now we are getting ready for our second season in the Premier League and believe that our greatest achievement is yet to come, because when it comes to BU and AFCB: Together – Anything is Possible.
By Glebs Kiselovs, BU student ambassador at AFC Bournemouth