Portsmouth's community efforts recognised by the EFL

Pompey’s work in the community has been recognised.

By Mark McMahon
Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 11:05 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 11:14 am
Pompey are one of six regional winners
Pompey are one of six regional winners

That’s after the club were named the Your Move Community Club of the Year for the south east & east region.

Other regional victors were Blackburn (North West), Bristol Rovers (South West & Wales), Port Vale (Midlands), Sunderland (North East & Yorkshire) and Watford (London).

The Blues, along with their fellow winners across the country, will be recognised at a virtual EFL Community Awards event on Wednesday, April 28.

An overall winner will be announced at the EFL Awards on Thursday, April 29 – a ceremony that will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football.

Among the initiatives rolled out by Pompey that impressed was the innovative ‘Blue Kitchen’ project run by Pompey in the Community.

It was created as a response to the Covid pandemic and has since diversified and expanded into a variety of forms to support the engagement of young people in cooking and achieving a healthy lifestyle.

It also involves online cookery lessons for care homes and fans across the country, as well as helping long-term unemployed adults gain meaningful work.

The ongoing work of EFL clubs highlights the power of football as a force for good in a year when communities have needed them most.

During the pandemic, clubs have provided critical support to the communities they serve – from delivering important food parcels to those most at risk to helping people who are isolated and suffering from loneliness.

The six winners have been chosen for the outstanding impact they continue to have in changing people’s lives for the better across a wide range of areas including: physical and mental wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, employability and tackling loneliness.