Pompey: Trust share sale boost training ground plans

Mark Catlin
Mark Catlin

The Pompey Supporters’ Trust have raised £51,000 in a day as they close in on further boosting training ground facilities.

Work on the new Roko training base is on-going, yet there are also provisions for the implementation of a phase two.

That involves the construction of an additional two pitches at the back of the Copnor Road venue for use by the Academy, enabling the youth set-up to occupy the same site as the first team.

It’s an ambition driven by the Trust, who have launched a share push in an attempt to contribute towards the estimated £200,000 required to take up that option.

On Saturday, Blues supporters were invited to Fratton Park’s Victory Lounge to view training ground plans and were presented with the opportunity to snap up more shares.

The result was shares to the value of £51,000 being sold, with fans from Bath and Macclesfield amid more than 200 who turned up on the day.

Ken Malley was among the Trust board present, along with Blues director Mark Trapani, chief executive Mark Catlin and prospective first-team coach Paul Hardyman.

And the Trust vice chairman was delighted with how the four-hour event fared.

He said: ‘We were thrilled to bits with Saturday’s turn out.

‘We had not set ourselves a target, but didn’t anticipate it being as successful as it was in terms of the amount of those who attended and shares sold.

‘It was an opportunity for people to come in, browse through the training ground and Tesco plans and have the chance to talk to people from the Trust.

‘We also had Mark Catlin and Paul Hardyman giving up their time, so the day was what you would expect from a community football club.

‘It was great people could see the training ground plans as it gave them a purpose for buying a share. In the past it was about saving the club, now it is something different.

‘We are looking to put money into the kitty so we can buy two pitches for the Academy, costing around £200,000 in total.

‘The presidents are putting in a lot of money but, as a Trust, we are putting in as well and our aim is to also help fund phase two of the training ground.’

Among the 51 shares sold on Saturday, 11 were taken up using the month instalment plan.

In addition, more than a dozen signed up for the new Pompey lottery, half-a-dozen Trust T-shirts were bought and there were a number of Trust membership renewals.

The Trust has already contributed portions of money earned from the Hermann Hreidarsson match and the Ride2Bury fundraiser, as well as existing share sales towards the training ground redevelopment.

Although, the current deadline for the share offer is July 31.

Malley added: ‘We had quite a few people purchasing second shares, while there were couples who had bought one but the wife also wanted a share.

‘One chap had pledged £100 but was out of work so couldn’t fulfil the whole amount, yet the direct debit option helped him. We’re hopeful of more shares being sold too.’

For more information on Trust shares visit the website pompeytrust.com/