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Pompey Awarded Family Excellence Status

Blues among this season's winners

18 May 2023

Family Excellence
Club News

Pompey Awarded Family Excellence Status

Blues among this season's winners

18 May 2023

Pompey have been awarded Family Excellence status for the 2022/23 campaign.

The scheme sees EFL clubs receive two visit assessments each season to determine the quality of matchday experience they provide for families.

It recognises the continuous improvement and best practice that emerges across the League and rewards clubs for their efforts in attracting and retaining young supporters.

Pompey set up a working group, so that supporters and club staff are able to work together to improve the matchday experience for all fans.

The assessors who visited Fratton Park highlighted the implementation of the Fanzone behind the Fratton Park, as well as information provided for families on the website.

They were also impressed with both the retail and in-stadia experience, and the way in which some members of staff made an extra effort to ensure they were made to feel welcome at the game.

"Our clubs deserve an enormous amount of praise for the outstanding work they have done in making sure the matchday experience is a welcoming one for all families."

Trevor Birch

The EFL have worked directly with clubs since the scheme was introduced in the 2007/08 season and during that time, junior season ticket sales have risen by 41 per cent, with overall sales up by 28 per cent.

The appetite for live football shows no signs of slowing down, with crowds for the 2022/23 campaign across the EFL increasing by 12 per cent compared to the previous season, with attendances at an all-time high this century.

EFL chief executive Trevor Birch said: “Our clubs deserve an enormous amount of praise for the outstanding work they have done in making sure the matchday experience is a welcoming one for all families, which has helped boost attendances across all our competitions.

“From improved engagement with supporters before and after games, to innovative approaches on the matchday itself, such as creating dedicated fan zones and improving catering options, clubs are pulling out all the stops to enhance their offering and attract the next generation of young fans.

“I would like to congratulate all those clubs who have achieved Family Excellence status and thank them for their efforts.”

A full list of EFL clubs to receive Family Excellence status can be found on EFL.com


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