City of Football win would be ‘a proud moment’ for Portsmouth

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WINNING the title City of Football would be ‘a proud moment’.

Residents and football fans in Portsmouth have been showing their support for the bid and say it would be fantastic for the city if it were to win.

In September, Sport England will visit Portsmouth to see why it deserves the £1.6m that goes along with winning the title.

For Paul Smith, 37, from Farlington, the bid would be great for the community.

He said: ‘I’d like to see us win because we’re a working-class community that gets behind the football club and the sport itself through thick and thin. It’d be great not only for the club but also the community.’

Basher Enfield agrees. The Copnor resident said everyone is behind the bid.

‘Our club means everything to the city,’ the 50-year-old said.

‘You don’t see anyone wearing the shirts of other teams at all round this way.

‘Everybody is behind the team and everybody loves football.

‘It’d be great for Portsmouth to be selected – it would be nice to have it somewhere a little different.’

The £1.6m will be used to help increase the number of people playing football from five-a-side teams to after-school matches. It will especially help those aged 14 to 25.

Portsmouth City Council, The News and Pompey in the Community are throwing their support behind the bid to beat the other finalists, Manchester and Nottingham.

Paulsgrove resident Kelvin Jeal, 54, added: ‘Winning would be a fantastic for the city. We represent a brilliant investment opportunity and it’ll bring a lot of vital funding to the city’s grassroots game.’