POMPEY in the Community are expanding their facilities and they need your support.
The charitable arm of the club has received national recognition for its work in the local area and been a mainstay at Fratton Park for more than 20 years.
But the organisation is now looking to expand and continue to grow to service the community in many new ways.
The charity is developing their current headquarters, adding two new state-of-the-art classrooms, a cookery class, as well as a breakout area, which will utilise some groundbreaking technology.
All of this ultimately comes at a cost – £100,000.
So Pompey in the Community needs as many people as possible to show their support for their new Crowdfunding initiative by pledging and donating what they can to make this dream a reality.
The scheme currently offers a wide range of courses and projects to various groups of people in the local community and beyond.
From tots football sessions for three to five-year-olds and free sporting activities for young people who are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system, to senior citizens who are suffering with dementia and adults who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, Pompey in the Community reaches out to all.
Local partnerships are key and the draw of football is important to enthuse and excite school-aged children about learning.
The larger classrooms will be football-themed.
The first has been designed to look like a changing room, complete with a shirt hanging over each desk.
There will also be curved, floor to ceiling glass with a virtual view of Fratton Park embossed upon it to give the feeling that the youngsters are actually in the stadium itself.
The second is a slightly more futuristic classroom, designed to represent the seating in the stands themselves.
The learners will be sat in the stands, looking out over the pitch towards a green screened wall which will enable them to film videos and take photographs importing any backgrounds they choose.
The carpet will represent the pitch and will have the look, but not the feel, of real grass!
The youngsters will learn on iPads which will enable them to take their learning from the classroom into the stadium itself – a real motivation for those who love their club and football in general.
So please show your support for ‘Your Club, Your City, Your Community’ and pledge as much as you can afford but the minimum is just £1.
Every pledge made at pompeyitc.hubbub.net from now until Friday, July 31 will help a local community group.
For further information about what Pompey in the Community do in your area, please see the website pompeyitc.co.uk