Cast your minds back to September 2014 and you may remember the passion and determination of Portsmouth city pulling together for the Sport England initiative, The City of Football. Portsmouth may not have won the official City of Football title but that doesn’t mean that the city went unnoticed.
Portsmouth, Manchester and the eventual winners Nottingham, were shortlisted into the final three categories competing for the prestigious title of ‘City of Football’. Sport England were so impressed by what Portsmouth demonstrated during their initial bid phase, that now the sporting body have agreed to a two year funded Community of Football project.
Clare Martin, CEO of Pompey in the Community, who had an influential role to play in the bid, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity by Sport England to demonstrate what we can do. We may not have won the national prize but we hope that by the end of the two years we can proudly hold our heads up and say that we made a real difference to the city through the power of football.”
Local digital marketing company, One2create, is currently creating a new interactive website and platform for the Community of Football, which will be going live in the next few months. David Harris, CEO of One2create added: “It’s a great honour to be working with Pompey in the Community on this exciting project. The finished platform will act as a centralised hub for everything football in Portsmouth and the whole team at One2create is working hard to make this project a success. We will continue to support the project after its launch later this year to continuously evolve the system to meet the people of Portsmouth’s needs.”
The website allows participants to log their footballing activity from a half hour kick about in the local park, to taking part in an organised local event.
The website will also be used to inform participants of local football events that they can get involved with in their local area. The aim of the Community of Football is to get as many people as possible, male or female, young or old, novices and old hands to get involved in playing football on a regular basis in some shape or form, to improve their general health and wellbeing.
If you would like more information on the initiative and how it could effect you, please contact Pompey in the Community on 02392 728899 or go to the website: www.pompeyitc.co.uk