Premier League trophy shown to Portsmouth youngsters

Members of the Youth Street Project got to meet the Premier League Trophy during its visit to Bransbury Park in Portsmouth. (left to right), Ben Blaker, Fred Goldren, Jordon Dearing and Brandon Shaw all sixteen.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133018-1)
Members of the Youth Street Project got to meet the Premier League Trophy during its visit to Bransbury Park in Portsmouth. (left to right), Ben Blaker, Fred Goldren, Jordon Dearing and Brandon Shaw all sixteen.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133018-1)

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IT’S been held aloft by the best footballers in the country.

And yesterday the Premier League trophy was in Portsmouth.

It was at Bransbury Park, in Eastney, as part of Spaces for Sports run by league sponsor Barclays.

The trophy turned up as a surprise for the teenagers and children who were taking part in half-term activities run by Pompey in the Community.

Along with seeing the trophy, the youngsters got to play football and tennis and learn about services and opportunities available to them.

Charlotte Kew, who works for Pompey in the Community, said: ‘We were really there to celebrate our partnership with Barclays.

‘We were lucky enough to have the trophy. The kids were excited and eager to get their picture taken with it so it was really good.’

The trophy toured 18 sites over half-term to surprise keen young footballers taking parting in coaching camps at Barclays Spaces for Sports sites across the country.

Charlotte added: ‘At facilities like these at Bransbury Park, young people are able to access sporting activities such as football, tennis and Street 20 cricket.

‘But the open access days also allow us to have other things available to them.

‘We have health workshops and employees from the local Barclays branch to give money skills and looking at developing key life skills such as writing, setting up CVs and interview skills.’

When the trophy arrived, young people queued to see it and have their picture taken.

Sam Armstrong, 15, from Eastney, said: ‘I have taken part in other Pompey in the Community open access days but it was good having the Premier League trophy at this one. It’s good to have the chance to see it.

‘Pompey in the Community are always giving us new experiences.’

David Wheldon, managing director of brand reputation and citizenship at Barclays, said: ‘This season we want to say thank you to the people who make football and the premier league what they are.

‘Young people are the next generation of fans, volunteers in the community and of course professional players.

‘Our Spaces for Sports programme offers facilities for all, and we hope seeing the most coveted trophy in English football will inspire them to continue supporting and playing football.’