Winner of the 2016 Bug Busters school poster competition, Richard Kopfli, celebrated his success by cheering on the Cherries as they tackled Swansea City on Saturday March 12.

Nine-year-old Richard from Pokesdown Primary School designed an eye-catching poster to inform people about the importance of effective handwashing. His poster was picked from a selection of entries which flooded in from schools across Dorset who participated in the Bug Busters workshops.

Richard was presented with his winning family ticket by AFC Bournemouth defender and player ambassador, Simon Francis, and Nuffield Health Hospital Director, David McNair. The presentation took place in a specially organised Bug Busters workshop session at his school.

On the day of the football match, Richard and his family were invited onto the football pitch at half-time to have their photo taken with player Callum Wilson. His poster will also go on display at the AFC Bournemouth Vitality Stadium.

AFC Bournemouth player ambassador, Simon Francis said: “It was a pleasure for us all to welcome Richard and his family to the match on Saturday and to see them all cheering on from the stands. Richard’s poster will be given a spot in the football stadium to remind visitors of the importance of good hygiene and handwashing.”

David McNair, Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital Director, added: “This is the second year we have worked with AFC Bournemouth to run these free workshops for schoolchildren and it’s great to see them embrace the messages. Congratulations to Richard on his inspiring and informative poster design.”

The Bug Busters programme provides local schools with a classroom workshop as well as outdoors interactive football games which teach children how to prevent the spread of germs, bacteria and infection.

Schools interested in finding out more about the sessions are invited to contact Steve Cuss at AFC Bournemouth on 01202 726342, or to contact the hospital’s friendly customer services team on 01202 375032.