Pompey Academy fundraising goes global

Pompey manager Andy Awford with Tifosy ambassador Gianluca Vialli
Pompey manager Andy Awford with Tifosy ambassador Gianluca Vialli

Pompey’s push for a permanent Academy home has gone global, with donations arriving from 17 different countries.

More than £45,000 has so far been raised towards funding two youth pitches at the Blues’ new Roko training ground.

It’s an outstanding tally considering the campaign was launched only seven days ago, as the club seeks achieving a target of £250,000 inside 62 days.

Organisers Tifosy are working in partnership with Pompey, who are the first Football League club involved in the FanFunding scheme.

So far contributions have been received from supporters living in 16 countries outside of the United Kingdom.

These include Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, the UAE, Australia, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

Denmark, Ghana, Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Malta are also represented as Blues followers across the world throw their weight behind the fundraising campaign.

Meanwhile, one supporter in the Czech Republic has given £500.

In addition, the Tifosy website has been visited from 97 different countries since the campaign went live.

As it stands, more than 620 fans have handed over sums ranging from £10 to £10,000, with 12 rewards open to those who take part.

Tifosy ambassador Gianluca Vialli has also been publicising the push and has been spotted on television during the World Cup wearing special Pompey wristbands.

Organisers have pledged all money is ring-fenced to ensure it is solely used on the youth set-up, with any additional money collected to be also used towards youth facilities.

To donate, visit the website tifosy.com/pompey