WHEN the Co-op moved in near Paul Farrugia’s newsagent in Gosport, the worst happened and he ended up losing his business.
But rather than sell up and move on, Mr Farrugia instead decided to change direction and opened a barber’s shop called Only Men.
Now he is giving something back to his community by sponsoring Holbrook FC, a football club started by Mr Farrugia’s brother Max and his friend Curtis Lee.
Paul said: ‘I had to close the shop I own in September last year, and then I opened the barber shop. I’m actually a builder by trade, but my partner is a hairdresser.
‘Business has been tough for us, because we’re a little bit off the beaten track, but it’s beginning to pick up as word gets around.’
Pompey fan Paul knows times are tough for local football clubs as well as for small businesses trying to get off the ground.
And that’s why he made the decision to sponsor Holbrook FC, which plays on the recreation ground behind the swimming pool in Gosport.
He said: ‘There are lots of football clubs going under at the moment, so that’s why I got involved.’
The team play in blue, just like Pompey, and launching the new kit was former player Linvoy Primus, who is now in charge of community liaison at Fratton Park.
He officially launched the kit for the club, and in return Mr Farrugia’s barber shop will be holding community events throughout the year for Linvoy’s charity Faith & Football.
‘We will be holding charity days where all the money is donated to Linvoy’s charity,’ added Mr Farrugia.