AFC Bournemouth apprentices score big for Bransgore riding charity with leg wax by Brock College Beauty students

17 January 2018

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Apprentice footballers from AFC Bournemouth soaked up the pressure during a charity leg wax by Brockenhurst College Beauty students, raising £1,006 for the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy at Bransgore.

According to sources, the lads had been threatened with a £1,500 fine for not agreeing to undergo the painful treatment last Thursday at the charity’s HQ.

But there was no need for penalties because all the under-18s called up for the tricky fixture turned out in time for kick-off.

And there were no red cards either, only red legs, when the budding soccer stars finally surrendered their prized lower limbs to the girls from Brock.

Beauty student Paige Roberts said afterwards: “Today has been really fun, and the boys have been surprisingly quiet actually, but it has definitely been good to practise on them – especially knowing that it’s all for charity.”

The aim of the leg wax initiative was to raise funds for the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy at Bransgore, which provides specialist horse riding courses for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

As a result, participants develop enhanced skills of co-operation, communication and concentration.

Dawn Roach, Head of Education and Welfare at AFC Bournemouth, said afterwards: “The boys I’ve brought along today are all apprentices at AFC Bournemouth, and part of what they do from a holistic perspective is get involved in community fundraising.

“Brockenhurst College is also linked with the apprentices because Brock staff teach the boys on a weekly basis,” she added.

Amanda Duggan, who teaches Beauty courses at the College, said: “It’s been a really good challenge for all the girls. They only started in September, so to be waxing footballers’ legs in January is a big test.

“Nevertheless, they’ve been very professional and together with the apprentice footballers they’ve raised money for a really good cause.”

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