New superstore stages a day of football activites and demonstrations to celebrate its opening

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FOOTBALL fun has come to the city’s newest supermarket.

The Tesco Extra store next to Fratton Park held a football-themed fun day to mark its opening.

Football ‘freestylers’ Rob Walters, Tommy Baker and Joe Davies showed off their ball skills and taught children tricks such as heading the ball and bouncing the ball on their toes.

Pompey mascot Nelson was there to meet fans and pose for photos, and Pompey in the Community joined in the event and challenged customers to put their football skills to the test with an interactive target game.

Store manager Jon Roberts said he was delighted with the fun day.

Mr Roberts said: ‘We were really pleased with the turnout for the football fun day.

‘This was our first weekend of being open and so we wanted to welcome our customers to the new store by treating them to a host of fun activities.

‘We were delighted that Pompey in the Community could get involved and that Nelson could come along to meet 
shoppers.

‘The football freestylers were a big hit and it was great to see them teaching our customers a few new tricks.

‘The atmosphere in store was fantastic and fun was had by all.’

Face painters were on hand at the store to paint the Pompey colours on to football fans’ faces and customers also sampled items from the hot food counters – including sausages and chips – as well as fresh fruit and juice.

Pompey in the Community director of community projects Clare Martin said: ‘It was lovely to be a part of the football fun day.

‘The store colleagues were very welcoming and already feel like an integral part of the community.’

The supermarket employs 350 people and is open seven days a week.

More than 4,000 people signed a petition against the development, but it was given the green light by Portsmouth City Council and communities secretary Eric Pickles last year.