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Pompey Awarded Family Excellence Status For 2021/22 Season

Blues recognised for engaging with families and young fans

17 May 2022

Family Excellence Scheme

Portsmouth FC are one of 65 EFL clubs to have been awarded Family Excellence status for the 2021/22 season.

This reflects the club’s continued commitment to attracting and engaging families and young supporters at Fratton Park.

The record-breaking number – up from 63 in 2019/20 – recognises continuous improvement and best practice in family engagement across the League and rewards clubs in their efforts to attract and retain young fans of the future.

Given the particularly challenging set of circumstances faced during the Covid-19 pandemic, EFL clubs have worked hard to ensure supporters have been welcomed back safely this season, while exploring new and innovative ways to continue to boost the matchday experience for youngsters and families.

"Ensuring a memorable matchday experience is vital to attract the next generation of young fans, so it’s great to see so many clubs excelling in this area."

Trevor Birch

Now in its 14th year, the Family Excellence Scheme is an ongoing consultation programme, which aims to drive continuous improvement and best practice in family engagement across the leagues.

The scheme sees each EFL club receive two ‘mystery family’ visits throughout the season, with their feedback and reports determining whether each respective club would achieve Family Excellence status.

EFL chief executive Trevor Birch said: “I would like to congratulate the record number of clubs that have achieved Family Excellence status this season.

“Ensuring a memorable matchday experience is vital to attract the next generation of young fans, so it’s great to see so many clubs excelling in this area.

“Fans returning to EFL clubs in their millions this season has been fantastic to see and club staff should be commended for going the extra mile to make the matchdays engaging for families attending live games.”


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