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Blues In The Community: Supporter Club Meetings & Holiday Course Visits

The latest news on Pompey's involvement in the local area

14 August 2023

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Blues In The Community: Supporter Club Meetings & Holiday Course Visits

The latest news on Pompey's involvement in the local area

14 August 2023

Our first Blues in the Community update of the new campaign highlights the involvement of Pompey players and staff in the local area over the past few weeks.

The football season might have only recently kicked-off, but the club’s work in the community has been gathering pace for a number of weeks.

Chief executive Andrew Cullen and head coach John Mousinho took to the sea to meet with the Isle of Wight Supporters’ Club last month.

In a packed lounge at Yelf’s Hotel in Ryde, there were nearly 100 members who arrived for a Q&A session that took place over 90 minutes.

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The following week saw Mousinho join sporting director Richard Hughes on a Zoom call for the London Supporters’ Club AGM, with the pair again spending more than an hour taking questions from members.

Chairman Dan Taylor commented afterwards: “The answers provided were well thought through and short of some of the soundbites you expect to hear as a fan – a massive positive in my book.”

A popular guest at the Armed Forces Supporters’ Club AGM, which was recently held in the Legends Lounge at Fratton Park, was captain of the League Two title-winning side Michael Doyle.

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Now back at the club as a professional development phase coach for the academy, he looked back over that glorious period and his playing career in general.

The Irishman was also happy to hang around afterwards to chat to members and pose for photographs.

Chairman Andrew Plenty said: “Michael was fantastic and we had some great feedback from everyone who attended. It was a great honour to have a club legend attend.”

On to current players and Colby Bishop attended the Pompey in the Community junior disability course, which was held at Mayfield School.

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The hot-shot striker was unsurprisingly in high demand, but only too happy to pose for photographs with the children taking part.

Just a day later, defender Connor Ogilvie and midfielder Harry Jewitt-White were present at another coaching course at Miltoncross Academy.

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They took part in a Q&A session with all the participants and like Bishop, posed for photographs and signed autographs for everyone.

And with the summer holidays in full swing, there have also been visits from Joe Rafferty to the a girls’ course at Park Community School and Ryley Towler to a mixed group at Miltoncross.

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The women’s team have also been busy, with head coach Jay Sadler and skipper Hannah Haughton speaking with the University of Portsmouth.

It was to mark two notable occasions – the side turning semi-professional and what it means for the club, as well as how the World Cup can inspire girls to play the game. Keep your eyes peels for their interview, which is set to be released soon.


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