Portsmouth’s City of Football bid under the spotlight

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The centre of Portsmouth has turned into a centre of football as it hosts a visit from Sport England representatives.

The group is assessing Portsmouth’s bid to become the City of Football, which would mean a £1.6m investment into the sport at a grassroots level.

Portsmouth's bid for the City of Football title is being assessed today

Portsmouth's bid for the City of Football title is being assessed today

Pompey legends past and present mingled with fans in Guildhall Square as teams, include one made of Portsmouth city councillors, battled it out in good-humoured games on a temporary football pitch.

Councillor Alistair Thompson, 36, was part of a team that took on a ‘Portsmouth University Old Boys’ squad.

He said: ‘The great thing about this is that it shows you don’t have to be young and incredibly fit to be involved in football, and that’s exactly what being the City of Football would mean for Portsmouth.’