DESPITE losing out at becoming the official City of Football, Portsmouth will have the chance to launch the project it put forward, thanks to a £200,000 cash boost.
Sport England, which is behind the title, was so impressed by the effort put in by the people of Portsmouth that it is giving the grant to fund a Community of Football project.
Around £200,000 given over two years will help start a website where people can log their footballing activity.
Clare Martin, chief executive of Pompey in the Community which was one of the organisations behind the bid, said they are looking forward to making a real difference to the city.
‘We’re absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity by Sport England to demonstrate what we can do,’ she said.
‘We may not have won the national prize but we hope that by the end of the two years we can proudly hold our heads up and say that we made a real difference to the city through the power of football.’
We are absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity by Sport England to demonstrate what we can doClare Martin
Portsmouth lost out to Nottingham last year to be given the title of City of Football.
But Sport England was impressed with the passion of the people in Portsmouth as well as the city council, Royal Navy and the football club.
Thanks to the strong bid, the website, run by One2Create, will be launched over the next few months.
It will allow participants to log their footballing activity from a half-hour kickabout in the park to taking part in an organised event.
And it will be used to let people know about football events going on in the area.
Chief executive of One2Create David Harris said: ‘It’s a great honour to be working with Pompey in the Community on this exciting project.
‘The finished platform will act as a centralised hub for everything football in Portsmouth and the whole team at One2create is working hard to make this project a success.
‘We will continue to support the project after its launch later this year to continuously evolve the system to meet the people of Portsmouth’s needs.’
The Community of Football project is about encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get into football.