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Pompey Honoured At Parliament

Blues visit House of Commons to receive award

12 March 2018

Pompey receive their Community Club of the Year award in Parliament

Pompey have been honoured at the House of Commons for their fantastic community work.

They were recently named Checkatrade Community Club of the Year for the south-east region as part of the EFL Awards.

It means the Blues will now compete with the other regional winners – Bristol City, Charlton, Derby, Blackburn and Middlesbrough – as they try to defend the national crown awarded last year.

But first up for all the clubs was a trip to Parliament, where their sterling work was recognised by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, EFL chairman Ian Lenagan and Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan.

Pompey were represented by chief executive Mark Catlin, director of community projects Clare Martin, chief operations officer Tony Brown and commercial director Anna Mitchell, as well as midfielder Ben Close.

“We have always been – and will continue to be – a community club,” said Catlin. “This award is well deserved and credit must ultimately go to Clare Martin and her team for the fantastic job they do.

"It is an honour that everyone associated with Portsmouth Football Club should be extremely proud of.

Mark Catlin

“Winning the overall award last year was one of the highlights of my time at the club and so to get the regional award for a second season in succession is very special.

“It is an honour that everyone associated with Portsmouth Football Club should be extremely proud of.”

Clare, who is chief executive of Pompey in the Community, added: “It’s so exciting to be shortlisted for the national award for two years in a row.

“We won the south-west award last year and now getting the south-east award is an achievement no other club is likely to repeat!

“It’s a real honour to have the opportunity to talk about our important work in Parliament and I must say a huge thank you to our staff, volunteers and participants who have made this all possible.”

Pompey were recognised for their Wheels for All initiative. The community cycling scheme offers adapted bikes and personal support to children and adults with physical and learning disabilities.

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