Pompey In The Community drive towards target

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Pompey In The Community (PITC) are stepping up their campaign to fund new state-of-the-art facilities.

So far, £51,320 has been raised by the Fratton faithful through a crowd-funding campaign.

It has been a brilliant response from people in this city once again and we are extremely appreciative of all the assistant they have given

Clare Martin

PITC are seeking to reach an £80,000 target by August 31, with pledges to then double the figure to create the £160,000 they need.

Director of community projects Clare Martin has been delighted with the response so far over the summer in the drive to meet their total.

The scheme is seeking to extend its current Anson Road offices into new premises next door.

This will consist of three new classrooms, two of which will be able to accommodate a class of 30 youngsters.

A host of other fund-raising activities are being lined-up for the final month of the scheme and Martin is eager to chase down the target.

She said: ‘So many nice people have come in and supported us, people we weren’t aware of who have been eager to help.

‘It has been a brilliant response from people in this city once again and we are extremely appreciative of all the assistant they have given.

‘To take up well past £50,000 is superb – but we need to keep on going if we are to be able to afford everything that has been planned.

‘At present there has been a bit of a lull before the first match of the season, but we are hoping to kick-start everything again in August.

‘We’ve got Pickwick under-nines taking part in a sponsored 5k walk to Fratton Park on August 8, setting off from South Parade Pier.

‘There will be a bucket collection at the club’s open training session on Tuesday, August 4, which we are hoping will be a good turn out among fans.

‘And from the Dagenham & Redbridge game we are to be given a signed shirt worn in that match, which will also be framed.

‘Supporters will be able to bid for that on our crowd funding site.

‘We need to get to that £80,000 and are hoping a few of these things can come through for us.

‘Work is going on in parallel to what has been raised, which has meant the infrastructure put in place such as plastering and the shape of rooms.

‘But we must raise more money to ensure we can start putting equipment inside these areas.’

For more information on the crowd-funding campaign, visit the website pompeyitc.hubbub.net