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Pompey Win Community Award

Club collect regional EFL prize for a third year in succession

28 February 2019

Pompey in the Community

Pompey will be recognised in Parliament for their outstanding community work.

They have been named South East Checkatrade Community Club of the Year as part of the 2019 EFL Awards.

Following the exceptional work of Pompey in the Community, the club will be joined by five other EFL regional winners at the House of Commons on Monday, March 4 to receive their award

The event will be hosted by Hayley McQueen, with EFL interim chair Debbie Jevans and chief executive Shaun Harvey also in attendance.

Pompey will then compete alongside the other regional winners for the 2019 Checkatrade Community Club of the Year Award, which will be announced at the EFL Awards in central London on Sunday, April 7.

The club impressed the panel with their ongoing innovative work for a wide range of individuals in their Community – their youngest participant is three and their oldest 101. Pompey have an ambition to have 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.

"This project means an awful lot to the charity as it is a real partnership project between ourselves, the club and the police."

Clare Martin

Pompey’s director of community projects Clare Martin said “I’m completely overwhelmed with Pompey in the Community winning the South East Community Club award for the third consecutive time.

“This project means an awful lot to the charity as it is a real partnership project between ourselves, the club and the police, and really impacts on our local community.”

Shaun Harvey added: “Football clubs play such an important part in communities up and down the country, so it is essential we recognise their fantastic work.

“This is the third time we have held the Parliamentary event to recognise the Checkatrade Community Club of the Year regional winners and I am once again hugely impressed by the dedication and commitment shown by our clubs in tackling some of the most challenging issues in society.

“They play an important role in dealing with issues such as homelessness, reducing crime and improving health and education.

“This life-changing work can make a significant difference to some of our most vulnerable people and is testament to the power of football as a force for good.”

The EFL received strong submissions from a wide range of clubs, with the panel marking the applications on the range of projects delivered, their social impact and their showcase projects.

The six regional winners were selected by an independent judging panel, including The Times’ chief football writer, Henry Winter; Clive Efford MP; director of corporate social responsibility at The PFA, John Hudson; The Daily Mail’s Laura Lambert and the EFL Trust director of operations, Mike Evans.

The other regional winners were Rotherham (Yorkshire & North East), Wigan (North West), Coventry (Midlands), QPR (London) and Bristol City (South West).

For more information regarding the 2019 EFL Awards, visit www.efl.com


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