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Pompey Named Community Club Of The Year

Blues honoured at the EFL Awards

7 April 2019

Pompey named Community Club of the Year at the EFL Awards

Pompey have been named Checkatrade Community Club of the Year at the 2019 EFL Awards.

They had already collected the prize for the south-east region and saw off competition from Bristol City, Coventry, QPR, Rotherham and Wigan to become national winners.

It is the second time in three years that the Blues have come out on top, having picked up the same prize in 2016.

Pompey impressed the judging panel with their ongoing and innovative work with a wide range of individuals in the community – the youngest participant is three and the oldest is 101.

The club have an ambition to offer an activity for everyone – regardless of age, ability or gender.

A ground-breaking project, based on a restorative justice approach for young fans involved in violence at games, was universally applauded by the judges.

Blues chief executive Mark Catlin said: “I’m delighted and proud that Pompey have been named Community Club of the Year yet again.

“Since the takeover by Michael Eisner and the Tornante Company, I’ve always said that we will continue to be a true ‘community club’ – and this just goes to prove it.

"I’m delighted and proud that Pompey have been named Community Club of the Year yet again."

Mark Catlin

“Winning this award is a real group effort that involves so many people, although I must, of course, offer special praise to Clare Martin and her fantastic team at Pompey in the Community.”

Clare, who is director of community projects, added: “It’s unbelievable – and even more special because it came as a complete surprise.

“The programme we’ve won this award on the back of has already been rolled out and will hopefully receive more exposure to grow further afield.”

Matt Clarke missed out on a place in the Football Manager EFL Team of the Season, having already been named in the League One side.

But Harvey Hughes – who represents Pompey in the Community – collected the CEFA (Community Education Football Alliance) Male Player of the Season award.

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