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A VOLLEYBALL tournament was just one of the draw cards at a family fun day yesterday put on by the Portsmouth Scouts.

Scouts volunteers held the event at Castle Field in Southsea to celebrate Fathers’ Day and raise money to support youngsters in scouting.

As well as the volleyball action, there was a bouncy castle, rides and stalls selling everything from bubble guns to backpacks.

Portsmouth Scouts chairman Joe Harbour said there are about 1,000 girls and boys involved in scouting across the city.

He said money raised will help more children get involved and have fun.

Mr Harbour said: ‘A lot of groups in the city are based in deprived areas, so every little bit is important.

‘We’ve got kids wanting to become Scouts but their families can’t afford the uniforms.

‘The money we raise at events like this goes towards helping them out a bit.’

Event organiser, Ken George, said it was the first Fathers’ Day fun day the Scouts had held since 2010.

Mr George said a relaxation of Portsmouth City Council rules was to thank for the return of the festival.

He said: ‘They’ve made it a bit easier for us to do it again.’

Mr George said he was delighted the event not only benefited the Scouts, but provided people with a fun day out.

‘Most of the money we normally raise comes from subscriptions, so events like this are a nice thing to enjoy.’