YOUNGSTERS have been interviewing Pompey players to produce their own programme to sell on match days.
Pupils from schools across the city have been involved in producing the programme called The Pup, which is thought to be the only one in the country written by children for children.
Year 6 pupils at Medina Primary School in Cosham have been at the Pompey Study Centre this week to take part in the scheme, producing the programme for the Rochdale game on Saturday, October 5.
They had the chance to interview defender Marcos Painter.
Kai Hutchings, 10, said: ‘We are really lucky to be one of the first schools doing it.
‘We are lucky to even get the opportunity to make a magazine. It’s really good – I love football.’
Tulula Romer, 11, said: ‘It’s a good opportunity to be doing this because nobody else in our class is doing it.
‘We are learning about interviewing as well and then typing it up.’
Faye Robertson, 10, added: ‘It’s really fun and it’s a great opportunity for all of these people to have a day out from school.
‘It’s great for us to be a part of interviewing Pompey players.’
The programmes cost 50p each and so far this season they have been a huge success.
Adam Lea, education manager for Pompey in the Community, said: ‘As far as we are aware it’s the only project we know of in the country that a football club is doing.
‘They work on different aspects of the national curriculum including literacy, numeracy, geography and history.
‘It’s all the aspects that they would get in school time but in a different environment.
‘It’s been really engaging. It shows that children do have a passion for literacy.’
And Adam said it’s been a big success.
‘They are really enjoying it,’ he said.
‘The kids are our harshest critics and at the moment they are enjoying it so hopefully that will continue for the rest of the season.’
The project has been funded by Affinion International.
All profits go back into Pompey in the Community to ensure the project can continue to run.