Back City of Football bid to win trip to Nou Camp

Barcelona's home, the Nou Camp
Barcelona's home, the Nou Camp
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A trip to see Barcelona at the Nou Camp is up for grabs for a lucky winner who sends us a video of them playing football in an unusual spot in Portsmouth.

The campaign is under way to make Portsmouth the City of Football and we want you to show your support.

The News and Pompey in the Community are working together to give people the chance to show why the city deserves to win.

We want to see videos of you with a football in an unusual spot in Portsmouth.

And we need to hear why you think Portsmouth deserves the title of City of Football.

The winner of the competition will get an all-expenses paid for trip for two to watch Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Clare Martin, director of community projects at Pompey in the Community, said: ‘The City of Football bid is exciting and we want to get more of the public involved.

‘That is the whole idea of the bid – to get more people playing football. So we wanted to run this competition to get more people involved in the bid and show that football is in Portsmouth’s blood. You don’t have to be playing football in the video, you just need to show that you love it.

‘We just want to get as many people involved in the bid as possible and this is a great way.

‘So if you are anywhere in the city, in your garden, in a play park or up the Spinnaker Tower, send us the video.

‘Our slogan for the bid is Play More Pompey because we want everyone involved.’

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, added: ‘This competition is a great opportunity for people in the city to get creative with their videos.

‘Anywhere you happen to be going, just take a football.’

‘We want to see why you love football and why Portsmouth deserves to win the City of Football title. We have a great prize up for grabs so send your videos to us.’

How to enter the competition

WE want to see your videos to help Portsmouth become the UK City of Football.

Send us clips of you holding a football in a random place to along with why you think Portsmouth should be named City of Football.

Videos must be in MP4 format and no longer than 20 seconds in length. Please also send us the full names of everyone featured in the video, and tell us where you are. Do your bit to get behind Portsmouth’s bid, and ensure football’s coming home.

Title will see £1.6m investment

PORTSMOUTH is one of three finalists for the City of Football title.

It is up against Manchester and Nottingham in a bid that will see an investment of £1.6m to increase the number of people playing football.

Portsmouth City Council, The News and Pompey in the Community are throwing their support behind the bid with the winner expected to be announced in September.

Sport England wants the shortlisted cities to show how they intend to boost participation in football, especially those aged between 14 and 25.

The grant would go towards increasing the number of people playing football in all different forms, from five-a-side to full teams.

And it can differ from after-school teams to office teams getting together and playing football.

Clare Martin, from Pompey in the Community, said: ‘It’s got Pompey written all over it.

‘We are the biggest fan-owned club. It seems natural for us to go for it.

‘Everybody has got links to the city and the club.

‘People are loyal and proud to be Pompey. It’s quite different to a lot of cities.’