YOUNGSTERS have been recruited by a Portsmouth firm to come up with bright new ideas to change Fratton Park.
It’s a first-of-its-kind project to discover the architects, designers and entrepreneurs of the future.
The year-nine pupils from Miltoncross and Mayfield schools donned hard hats and safety jackets to meet former Pompey star Linvoy Primus at the stadium and have a look around to see what changes they could make.
The 10-week project has been jointly -organised by Affinion International, which specialises in preventing ID fraud, and the Pompey Study Centre.
The young designers and entrepreneurs will develop their plans during weekly sessions, overseen by teachers and staff at the study centre and will have several fact-finding visits including meeting architecture experts from the University of Portsmouth.
Andrew Mutch, VP of customer operations for Affinion, said: ‘We’re pleased to be working with the Pompey Study Centre to create a groundbreaking new programme – the first of its kind here in Portsmouth – which will challenge these gifted students to develop their own vision for the future of Portsmouth Football Club.’
As the project progresses, each of the eight teams will be able to test their approach when they question a panel of experts who all have an interest in the new stadium, including Linvoy and representatives from Portsmouth FC and the Supporters’ Club.
And in a dramatic conclusion, the teams will go head-to-head as they pitch their plans to a panel of judges at a special event to take place at the Study Centre.
Adam Lea, education manager at the Pompey Study Centre, who is spearheading the project, added: ‘It’s fantastic to be able to offer something so cutting-edge, which enables the students to set their minds to a real and relevant local issue and also gives them the opportunity to learn through football – the Study Centre’s over-arching objective.’