Crowdfunding initiative to boost Pompey kids

Andy Awford is launching the Crowdfunding campaign
Andy Awford is launching the Crowdfunding campaign

Pompey will today launch a fresh initiative aimed at raising funds to benefit the Academy.

The club are seeking to find £250,000 to construct two additional pitches for use by the youth set-up at their new Roko training ground.

The Pompey Supporters’ Trust have already been raising money to drive what is classified as phase two of the Copnor Road project.

Now Andy Awford will today unveil the Crowdfunding campaign.

The venture centres on the concept of supporters contributing small amounts to reach the total required.

It is hoped the campaign, believed to be the first of its kind involving a Football League club, will prove popular among Pompey fans interesting in aiding the push.

And spokesman Colin Farmery believes it can make a real difference.

He said: ‘We are very excited about the campaign that Andy Awford is going to launch.

‘We are aware there is a number of fans who have been wanting to contribute to our community club but have perhaps found raising the funds to buy a community share or in a part share a bit too onerous.

‘We are confident this will be another attractive option for all Pompey fans to do their part in making sure the Academy prospers in the future.’

Funding has already been allocated for phase one of the training ground’s construction, which is currently under way at the Roko site.

It is hoped this will be completed in time for the Football League kick-off in August, with work continuing on two-and-a-half pitches and gym and changing room facilities.

However, additional funds are required to be able to house the Academy on the same Hilsea site – an outcome Awford is adamant is crucial for the club moving forwards.

That overriding desire will see Pompey implement the Crowdfunding scheme in the hope sufficient money can be raised to construct the two required pitches which have been allocated at the back of Roko.

Working in partnership with Crowdfunding organisers Tifosy, the club are confident it can prove to be a success, with supporters able to contribute £10 rather than the £1,000 required to own a full share.

It is an area of donating Pompey believe is currently untapped, yet can now be used to good effect to assist with fundraising to assist the Academy.

And with a number of people each contributing a small amount of money, the club feel the £250,000 required can be met.

Crowdfunding will officially be launched this evening by Blues boss Awford at Fratton Park.