Pompey in the Community picks up award for services to the area

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POMPEY have been handed an award in service to their efforts for helping the community.

The club’s charity arm Pompey in the Community was handed the 2017 EFL award for the South West & Wales Checkatrade Community Club of the Year in the House of Commons on Monday.

From left, Pompey Supporters Trust chairman Ashley Brown, Clare Martin from Pompey in the Community, club chairman Iain McInnes, Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond, chief executive Mark Catlin and Adam Lea, who heads Pompey in the Community's marketing and commercial department and put the submission together Picture: John Walton/EMPICS

From left, Pompey Supporters Trust chairman Ashley Brown, Clare Martin from Pompey in the Community, club chairman Iain McInnes, Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond, chief executive Mark Catlin and Adam Lea, who heads Pompey in the Community's marketing and commercial department and put the submission together Picture: John Walton/EMPICS

The charity have undertaken a series of projects in the community over the years.

One of its recent exploits includes teaming up with the Society of St James to help set up the Re-Fit project – which helps adults in the area who are tackling issues such as substance misuse and homelessness.

Shaun Harvey, EFL chief executive said: ‘The announcement of the regional award winners provides a fitting tribute to the work that takes place to transform local communities through the power of football.

‘All clubs, not just the winners, work tirelessly to transform local communities and I am delighted see such innovative and effective ideas recognised in this way.’

Without question this was the strongest year we have ever had in terms of the quality of applications, giving the judging panel some really tough decisions

Mike Evans, EFL Trust’s director of communications

Pompey have now been forward alongside five other regional winners for the 2017 Checkatrade Community Club Year of the Award, which will be announced at the EFL Awards on Sunday, April 9 in London.

Mike Evans, EFL Trust’s director of communications said: ‘Without question this was the strongest year we have ever had in terms of the quality of applications, giving the judging panel some really tough decisions.

‘They are deserving winners and great ambassadors for the work of all EFL clubs in their communities across the country.’

Re-Fit was presented with a cheque by Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond for £338,234 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund ahead of Saturday’s match at home to Crewe.

The funds have enabled Re-Fit to provide daily leisure activities for its participants, with the aim to significantly improve their quality of life, physical and mental health.

Dean Latona, a worker at the Society of St James, said: ‘Since the Society and Pompey in the Community have teamed up, the lives of local vulnerable adults have been improved and in many cases, saved.

‘It is a credit to both organisations who have stepped out of their normal remit in order to find new ways to treat those with issues such as mental ill health, homelessness, substance abuse and isolation.’

Flick added that she was ‘delighted’ to see the funding given to Re-Fit.