Fans urged to back campaign
Portsmouth FC has launched its academy fanfunding campaign to raise £250,000 by the start of the season to build two additional pitches at its new training facility in the city.
Pompey boss Andy Awford, who sees the project as vital to the club’s long-term future, is leading the initiative personally and has received high-profile international backing for his dream.
Former Chelsea striker and manager Gianluca Vialli was at Fratton Park last night to back the campaign, which is being run in partnership with London-based start up company
Fans can donate sums ranging from just £10 to £10,000 and the club will give them a reward for their support.
Awford said: "Pompey have never had their own training facilities and fans are making that happen. We’ve never had permanent pitches for our youth academy, and we now have the chance to secure that, and fans can make that happen.
"We now have the opportunity to develop a permanent facility for the academy on the same campus as the first team squad. The benefits of this would be massive."
And Tifosy ambassador Vialli, a highly respected figure throughout world football, said: “Portsmouth are developing a blueprint for how clubs outside of the top tiers in leagues across the globe can survive with fans running their own clubs.
"Tifosy’s fanfunding platform is set to be a vitally important part not only of the Portsmouth story but in the development of the fan ownership model for clubs everywhere."
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The fanfunding campaign has been designed to complement a number of ways fan can contribute, including PST community shares and the club’s lottery.