Catlin joy at ‘innovative’ Pompey

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin, centre, with club director Mick Williams, left, and manager Andy Awford at the announcement of the club's new training ground at Roko
Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin, centre, with club director Mick Williams, left, and manager Andy Awford at the announcement of the club's new training ground at Roko
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Pompey – England’s trailblazing club which continues to break new ground.

That is the view of Mark Catlin, who the believes the FanFunding project is another winning innovation.

The Blues became the first Football League club to try out the concept, joining forces with Tifosy.

As a result Tifosy have waived commission, ensuring all money raised goes towards reaching the £250,000 target for two training ground pitches.

Last Friday Pompey broke the half-way point and it presently stands at more than £127,000 raised with 27 days to go.

And the Blues’ chief executive is delighted at how the original concept is continuing to reap dividends.

Catlin said: ‘We are on schedule and fair play to the Pompey fans, with everything else that is going on at the minute they just continue to dig deep.

‘Tifosy have done a great job in keeping on pushing it and the deal we have got with them is absolutely fantastic – all the money effectively goes straight into the Academy and they are not getting anything out of it.

‘We took it on board as a trial for other clubs and that is what we like to think of ourselves now – an innovative club.

‘We like to work with the fans and FanFunding is part of that.

‘We like to give things a go and if they fail they fail. If we get more right than wrong then we are doing alright.’

Pompey are also closing in on surpassing last season’s 10,660 season-ticket tally as the fans maintain their loyalty.

And Catlin admits he has been taken aback by the level of financial support also demonstrated for the Academy.

He added: ‘I thought £250,000 on the back of the lottery launch and on the back of season tickets was just pushing it too far, really.

‘To be honest, I felt if we hit half that figure it would have been incredible, but we have managed to do it with a month to go so we are bang on target to get to the full £250,000, which would be an incredible achievement.

‘I have never liked to be too presumptuous because people are being asked to dig into their pockets and hard-earned cash, but it is amazing so far.’