Portsmouth bids to become UK City of Football

Girls and boys from the Pompey 'Respect' programme joined Pompey mascot 'Nelson' in a  mass 'keepy uppy'  competition at Bransbury Park
Girls and boys from the Pompey 'Respect' programme joined Pompey mascot 'Nelson' in a mass 'keepy uppy' competition at Bransbury Park

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THE island city of Portsmouth is often described as football mad – and now is the chance to prove it as it bids to become The City of Football.

Sport England is offering to fund one city with £1.6m to become The City of Football to increase the number of children aged 14 and over playing the beautiful game.

The bid is being run by Pompey in the Community and now local residents are being encouraged to show their support for it.

Director of community projects at Pompey in the Community, Clare Martin, said: ‘It’s got Pompey written all over it. We are the biggest fan-owned club. It seems natural for us to go for it.

‘Everybody has got links to the city and the club. People are loyal and proud to be Pompey. It’s quite different to a lot of cities.’

The money would go towards increasing the number of people playing football in all different forms, from five-a-side teams to full teams.

And it can differ from after-school teams to office teams getting together and playing football.

Clare said it would be a big step forward for the city if it was to win the funding.

‘It would be huge for the city. It would make us a healthier city for a start,’ she said.

‘And it would be a great way to bring the city together.’

Now, people are being encouraged to show their support for the bid.

‘We need as many letters of support from the whole of Portsmouth saying why they think we should be considered and what they can bring to the bid,’ Clare added.’

Two meetings are being held at the Pompey Study Centre in Anson Road tomorrow at 3pm and 6pm where people will have the chance to find out more about it.

Anyone who is unable to attend the meeting but still wants to pledge support for the bid should email Clare at clare.martin@pompeyitc.org.uk

Alternatively, write a letter to City of Football, Pompey in the Community, Anson Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8TB.