Vialli: Facilities key for tomorrow’s Pompey stars

Gianluca Vialli, left, and Andy Awford launch the fanfunding initiative at Fratton Park
Gianluca Vialli, left, and Andy Awford launch the fanfunding initiative at Fratton Park

Facilities – the key to a youngster’s footballing development.

That is the verdict of Gianluca Vialli, who believes investment in the Pompey Academy is crucial to the future.

The Blues are seeking to raise £250,000 in 60 days to help fund two youth-team pitches at their new Roko home.

They have linked up with Tifosy – a company Vialli serves in an ambassadorial role – to achieve it.

And the 49-year-old former Italy international has stressed the importance of the Fratton faithful getting behind the ambitious scheme.

He said: ‘I do press conferences a lot.

‘They ask what it feels like to score a goal.

‘They ask what it is like being both a player and a manager at the same time.

‘I always stress the importance of hard work and a bit of talent but I think it is crucial successfully identifying players early.

‘Once you have done that you need practice – and you have to have quality and quantity practice.

‘There are great coaches but, more importantly, you need facilities and that is why training facilities for the Academy are vital. It’s what makes a difference.

‘Those facilities help with development, you need them as a young player.

‘I am sure Portsmouth will one day get back to the Championship to start with and they deserve it.

‘And they need the facilities to help with the youngsters to play for the club in the future.’

Fans can contribute by donating anything from £10 to £10,000.

For more information visit tifosy.com/pompey