Pompey in the Community’s Respect team picked up the prestigious national KICKZ Outstanding Delivery award last week.
The award was presented by Policing Minister Damian Green MP on behalf of the Premier League at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.
The Portsmouth project is one of 112 national projects and Pompey in the Community was competing with five other shortlisted projects.
It was third time lucky for the local team as they have been shortlisted twice before for this main award.
Jamie Harris, Kickz Coordinator for Pompey in the Community, uses sport to appeal to young people from disadvantaged areas.
The local projects run sport, arts, media and youth work sessions, which aim to break down barriers between the police and young people.
Some areas have seen up to a 60-per-cent reduction in antisocial behaviour as a result of the scheme.
The judges were impressed with the delivery of the programme because youngsters are regularly consulted about what activities they would like to see in their local area.
Policing Minister Green said: ‘The Kickz Awards celebrate the hard work that has gone into engaging young people in sport who could otherwise be lured into a life of crime.
‘The successful local projects recognised by these awards show how positive engagement with role models from the world of football can influence future generations’ attitudes and behaviours.’
Julian Wadsworth MBE, PitC’s Respect Programme Manager, added: ‘This is great news and recognition for Portsmouth FC and Pompey in the Community.
‘I am so proud of the whole team, including coordinator Jamie Harris.
‘They have led from the front, delivering to young people in the south eastern part of the city, offering sports, arts, training and volunteering, providing positive outcomes for young people and the local communities.
‘I would also like to mention Tony Hewett, who has built relationships with many young people and helped to support them to make positive lifestyle choices and overcome some difficult challenges in their lives.’