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Blues In The Community: Spanish Visits, Supporter Club Guests And Charitable Donations

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

12 September 2023

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

Spanish exile Gary Benham Junior was recently welcomed to the training ground to watch the players in action before chatting with head coach John Mousinho and his backroom team over lunch.

Earlier in the summer he had provided assistance to those who had travelled out to Malaga for the pre-season friendly against Europa FC.

Using his extensive knowledge of the local area, Gary arranged for a pub to house fans and laid on coaches to get them to the ground.

Gary Benham Senior had previously formed the Costa del Sol supporters’ club, which is officially recognised by Portsmouth FC.

Pompey in the Community continued their popular coaching courses throughout the summer holidays.

Joe Rafferty made the trip to Park Community School in Havant, where a session was being run for girls, and was only too happy to sign autographs and pose for photos.

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Back in Portsmouth, fellow defender Ryley Towler was on hand to do the same for children at Miltoncross Academy, which is just around the corner from Fratton Park.

A group of worthy causes have already been earmarked to receive merchandise as part of the club’s regular charitable donations.

Among them is The Amelia Mae Foundation, which supports families affected by Neuroblastoma – an aggressive childhood cancer.

The club will be donating four signed shirts and four signed balls each month to charities and good causes in the local community.

Pompey were honoured to invite the family of Lawrence Churcher into the boardroom for last month’s game against Cheltenham.

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The wartime hero – who passed away just before his 103rd birthday – had been awarded the Legion d’Honneur in recognition of the role he played in the sea-based phase of the Normandy invasion.

He was also one of the club’s oldest fans and had been at Wembley to watch the Blues beat Sunderland to lift the EFL Trophy in 2019.

Along with former skipper Brian Snowdown, who also died recently – Lawrence received a minute’s applause from the Fratton faithful ahead of kick-off.


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