POMPEY will offer free tickets to a match to youngsters who attend the city’s Opportunities Fair.
The club is donating 500 tickets as a reward to selected Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and their parents, enabling them to attend the home match against Bury on Saturday, October 19.
The children will receive the tickets for attending the Opportunities Fair at Portsmouth Guildhall earlier in the day – but only after they have completed a worksheet about their visit.
Supported by Pompey in the Community, pairs of tickets will be allocated to seven children in each of the primary and junior schools in the Portsmouth area.
Clare Martin, director of community projects at Pompey in the Community, is delighted to support the event. She said: ‘Some of these children might be underachieving and this initiative will hopefully mean they are inspired to achieve more.
‘It’s absolutely brilliant for us. They are just the sort of age group that this could have a real impact on.
‘I hope they get a bit of aspiration for the future.
‘Perhaps once they move to secondary school they will realise that there is a big world out there and there are lots of opportunities both in Portsmouth and beyond.
‘I hope it opens their eyes to what else is out there for them.’
The fair is taking place on the day of the match from 10am to 3pm.
And it has been co-ordinated by the Education & Skills Workstream of Shaping the Future of Portsmouth.
Ashley Brown, chairman of the Pompey Supporters Trust and club director, said: ‘This is exactly the sort of project a community football club should be supporting and I am really pleased we have been able to get involved, alongside Pompey in the Community.’
Entry to the fair is free, and its aim is to showcase the wide range of careers and jobs on offer in Portsmouth and the surrounding area, as a way to inspire young people and raise educational attainment in the city.
PITC will have a stand at the event with Nelson the club mascot and will distribute the tickets to selected students after they have completed a series of questions.