Culture secretary praises work of Pompey Supporters’ Trust

MEETING Culture Secretary Maria Miller meets Ashley Brown, chairman of the Pompey Supporters' Trust.  Picture: Malcolm Wells

MEETING Culture Secretary Maria Miller meets Ashley Brown, chairman of the Pompey Supporters' Trust. Picture: Malcolm Wells

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler

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THE GOVERNMENT’S head of culture has praised the work the Pompey Supporters’ Trust has done at Portsmouth Football Club.

She visited Fratton Park and Pompey in the Community’s centre this morning to check up on the progress being made.

Mrs Miller, who is secretary of state for culture, media and sport and minister for Women and Equalities, said: ‘The Portsmouth Supporters Trust deserve a huge amount of credit for their tireless work to gain control of their beloved football club, taking it out of administration.

‘It shows what can be achieved when fans unite with a common goal.

‘I also applaud the work of Pompey in the Community for helping to improve the lives of people in the local area and hope it continues to go from strength to strength.’

Mark Catlin, Pompey’s chief executive,said: ‘The club was delighted when we were asked to give the secretary of state an update on the progress our community club project is making.

‘We appreciate the political support this lends to our ambition to rebuild the club in the eyes of the community and the wider football world.’

Clare Martin, chief executive of Pompey in the Community, said: ‘We were very honoured when we received this request to visit our centre.

‘It is a tremendous boost for everyone involved with the vital work we do that our efforts are recognised.’

Ashley Brown, chairman of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and club director, said: ‘Throughout our bid to buy the club we received some fantastic local and national political backing.

‘The fact that the minister wants to be kept informed of our progress is highly encouraging, not only for the future of our club, but also for the wider community-owned football club movement.’

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