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Blues In The Community: Training Ground Visits & Community Courses

An update on Pompey's involvement in the local area

14 April 2023


Blues In The Community: Training Ground Visits & Community Courses

An update on Pompey's involvement in the local area

14 April 2023

The latest Blues in the Community update which highlights the involvement of Pompey players and staff in the local area.

Season ticket holder Helen Chivers – partner of Central Branch Supporters' Club secretary Kev Ryan – received a surprise visit from Marlon Pack, who recently made his comeback from injury.

Helen, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer, is currently undergoing chemotherapy and despite experiencing tough times of late, has still managed to carry out duties as treasurer of Pompey Women.

As part of her own journey, Helen donated some of her hair to the Little Princess Trust – a charity which makes wigs for young people who have lost their hair. 

Due to the risk of infection, she has been advised to stay away from crowds, so has not been able to go to any matches since before Christmas. 

Despite missing her friends and football a lot, she hopes her story will encourage others to have a positive mental attitude in the face of adversity.

Pack's visit was just what the doctor ordered and really cheered Helen up. She said: "I would like to thank Johnny, Ashleigh and Marlon for this lovely surprise, which just went to prove, yet again, what a great community club Pompey is".

Meanwhile, Ryley Towler was down at the University of Portsmouth, looking into the future... literally.

Although it didn’t quite reveal Pompey's fate for the remainder of the season, the defender was enthralled by the opportunity to test out the new augmented reality suite of our club partners.

This is the UK’s first integrated facility that brings together a full suite of the latest XR technologies under one roof.

Di'Shon Bernard and Josh Oluwayemi attended a ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ session based at Fratton Park, taking part in an event designed to talk about racism within football.

It concluded with questions on this topic for both players, as well as Hampshire Police officers, asked by local school students.

The goalkeeper also took part in a Sky Sports interview, conducted by former Fratton favourite and FA Cup winner David James, which is due to air at the end of this month.

CEO Andrew Cullen and Pompey in the Community CEO Clare Martin recently visited the new Sparks Community Centre based at the Pompey Centre.

Sparks is a charity helping all forms of social inclusion and their official opening at the centre is on Thursday, April 20.

Cullen was also on hand to pay a visit to the Mary Rose Museum, along with marketing executive Ryan Corby, in a tour conducted by Dominic Jones, CEO of the exhibit.

Young Blues fan Ava got a surprise at the Morecambe match after her poster was spotted by Matt Macey.

The keeper kindly arranged for her to have her own shirt made, which was hand-delivered after the game.

To mark World Health Day, another young supporter, Vinnie, was invited to the training ground to speak to the lads about his allergies and illnesses and how he is documenting his journey.

He got the chance to meet his favourite player, Owen Dale, and share awareness of asthma and allergies.

Vinnie also got to meet with Josh Oluwayemi who shared his experiences with allergies and asthma.

The under-eights team were also at Copnor Road last week, working alongside the players in a session coached by John Mousinho, Jon Harley, Joe Prodomo and Zesh Rehman.

The penultimate piece of news focuses on Harry Jewitt-White and Michael Jacobs, who visited PitC's Easter holiday courses last week.

They both got stuck in and were around to sign autographs, offer advice to participants and give out awards.

And to end the week, Sean Raggett and Reeco Hackett rounded off the Easter holidays by surprising those taking part in coaching courses at Miltoncross School.

Meanwhile, signed shirts and balls for April were sent to charity functions for Pickwick Youth Football Club, Friends Fighting Cancer and Yateley Manor School.

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