Schoolchildren to benefit from Pompey windfall

Pompey fans have made their decision
Pompey fans have made their decision
Brett Pitman celebrates his winner against Blackpool. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Local schoolchildren will be able to watch Pompey for free after supporters decided the destiny of their Fanpower Stadium windfall.

Blues followers were given the opportunity to select how to spend their £30,000 top prize scooped in the recent npower competition.

Despite the intervention of Southampton supporters keen for the fans’ statue option to triumph, the winning choice went to giving children seats in the Milton end.

It means youngsters who rarely get the chance to watch the Blues will be able to do so for nothing, with tickets distributed by the Pompey Sports & Education Foundation.

Sue Heritage, sponsorship PR manager at npower, said: ‘It’s no secret that it has been a tough year for Pompey fans, but their efforts in this competition were sensational and so we’re delighted to be rewarding their loyalty, passion and commitment with this prize money.

‘Portsmouth Football Club involved the fans in deciding how the money should be spent and it is fitting that the final decision is shaped to bring in a new generation of support.’

Voting saw the option to improve disabled facilities finish second.

The statue choice, which was verified by npower in a bid to discount non-Pompey votes, finished last.