AFC Bournemouth’s star right-back Simon Francis and the Nuffield Health Bug Busting team are set to visit Buckholme Towers School on Wednesday November 12 for a special WW1 workshop.

The Bug Busters scheme was launched jointly by Nuffield Health and AFC Bournemouth to educate schoolchildren about how to stop germs spreading. It is hoped the programme will help children to avoid preventable illnesses and reduce absences from school owing to sickness.

Schools visited by the Bug Busting team can expect a series of interactive classroom and football activities, but in honour of the WW1 centenary this year, the Bug Busters will be educating pupils at Buckholme Towers School and Nursery about infection prevention in the trenches and hospitals of 1914.

Iain Robertson, headmaster at Buckholme Towers School and Nursery, said: “The pupils love getting involved with interactive learning sessions where they can transform themselves into another era. I think the Bug Busters campaign will certainly be success here and hopefully at many more schools in the area.”

The pupils will be dressed in WW1 uniforms and take part in a series of workshops about how pioneering infection prevention practices developed during this time are still used in today’s modern medicine.

Chris Tickner, infection prevention lead at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital, said: “We firmly believe prevention of disease is far better than cure. It will be fantastic to see the children having fun and learning at the same time, we hope they will remember the skills they learn in the workshop well into the future.”

Schools interested in finding out more about Bug Busters are invited to contact Steve Cuss at AFC Bournemouth on 01202 726342, or to contact the Nuffield Bournemouth Hospital’s friendly customer services team on 01202 702830.