Pompey stars to fund mascot initiative

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113878-0875_PALACE_POMPEY_SR_1/11/11'Palace vs Pompey at Selhurst Park.'Liam Lawrence.'''Picture:Steve Reid 113878-0875
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Pompey players are dipping into their own pockets to fund matchday mascots.

Liam Lawrence and all his Blues team-mates have stumped up to pay for a new scheme for young fans.

The Community Matchday Mascot initiative is to provide a mascot place to children who would not normally get the opportunity and is the concept of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

They have joined forces with the Fans’ Conference and the club to make it a reality, with the project launching against Leicester on Saturday.

The children involved have been identified, with the help of the Pompey Sports and Education Foundation and Portsmouth City Council.

And, as part of the project, for each remaining home match this season one youngster will receive a full junior kit with their names printed on the back.

What’s more, it is being funded entirely by Pompey’s players.

It is a twist on the usual concept of fans sponsoring players, and the Trust is delighted the players have volunteered to become involved.

In addition, the Fans’ Conference have also agreed to donate a sum of money for each game to buy a goody bag of Pompey items for the mascot.

The Trust will be sponsoring the first against Leicester, after which each Fans’ Conference group will take it in turns to supply the goody bag.

The Community Matchday Mascot is the first of a number of projects the Trust and the Fans’ Conference will be launching over the next couple of weeks.

Trust board member Tom Dearie said: ‘This is the first of our community projects, one that’s visual to everyone attending matches at Fratton Park and we hope will be successful.

‘It captures what the Trust community work is all about and would not have been possible without the help of lots of people who have all played an important role in getting the Community Mascot off the ground.’