Academy Training Pitches Update

The club’s plans to install two new academy pitches after the successful Tifosy fanfunding campaign, which raised more than £270,000, is reaching its latest stage.

Last month Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee deferred the cub’s application to install the training pitches, along with fencing and associated buildings, so that more detail on the legal aspect concerning open space and the benefits to the Portsmouth community provided by the Academy and Portsmouth in the Community [PITC].

The application had been recommended for approval as council officers were of the opinion that there was no conflict with the local plan in regard to keeping the area concerned as open space. Planning committee members wanted this point clarified following receipt of objections about the ‘removal’ of open space from some local residents.

Other objectors felt that the development was limiting the potential use of the site to a limited ‘chosen few’ and councillors wanted the club to supply details of the scope of the Academy and PITC.

Club Chief Executive Mark Catlin said: “It was disappointing the application wasn’t approved on the day, but we are working hard to supply all the relevant information requested and we remain very confident it will be approved next time.”

Fans can still register their support for the application on the PCC planning portal:



Rewards for the Tifosy scheme

The majority of the rewards for those donating to the Tifosy fanfunding scheme for the Academy pitches have now been fulfilled. If anyone thinks they have not yet received their reward they should contact Colin Farmery who will investigate.

Some rewards are still to completed, as follows:

Signed match-worn team shirts -
Most of those who have requested the signed match-worn team shirts are still waiting for their reward, as the team is wearing them! The majority of these rewards will be fulfilled at the end of the season

“Be a Pro for a day” -
The date planned for the “Be a Pro for a day” training sessions with the coaching staff, has been set for April 15, 2015. A photo feature on this reward will be distributed next month.

Plaque at the training ground –
The final design for the plaque featuring all the names of those who opted for this reward is expected from the stonemason by the end of March. A permanent site will then be selected before it is installed. The club is currently looking for a builder to ‘sponsor’ the erection of the plaque once the site has been finalised. Anyone interested should contact Colin Farmery via email:

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