5494 fanfunders
£270,000 raised

Portsmouth FC Academy campaign successfully raised £270,000 

This campaign was successfully funded, raising £270,000 by 23:59 on August 15 to become the largest football crowdfunding project in the UK. Thank you!

Campaign information

Portsmouth FC has never owned its own training ground inside Portsmouth city, and now we have a chance to build a permanent home for the club's first team and the academy. 

The city of Portsmouth has two major sources of pride as the home of the Royal Navy and Portsmouth FC. Football in Portsmouth is regarded as more than just a game.

Our club is unique in English football – and you only have to meet the characters who make up this wonderful club to see that.

It’s an integral part of our community. The support the team receives through thick and thin is spellbinding. Football luminaries including Sir Alex Ferguson, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho have publicly stated their admiration for the amazing atmosphere they experienced at Fratton Park.

I’m Andy Awford, former player and now the manager of Pompey and this is my campaign to ensure that the future players of this wondeful club have a permanent place to train in the heart of the community beside the first team.

I’ve been part of Portsmouth FC, in one way or another, since 1989 and have shared in some amazing times with the fans and community alike. But nothing compares to the madness we’ve experienced over the last 6 years.

From winning the FA Cup and finishing 8th in the Premier League in 2008 to being relegated to League 2 and facing the threat of extinction, it seemed to go from bad to worse and when it comes to football supporters, just recently you’ve suffered more than most!

Together, as a club and a community we overcame these threats – and none more so than when fans came together to buy our club and become the largest supporter-owned club in the UK. Since then, our management team has been working to get the club back on track by building the foundation for a sustainable football club - with the collective support of all our fans and not relying on a single rich patron.

Financial stability has been brought to the club and this has meant that we’ve started to create our new training facilities due to be ready later this year.

It’s incredible that as a club we’ve never owned our training facilities and I’m proud to be part of this monumental achievement.

However, despite this progress, we still face some big challenges and we’re hoping you can help us by funding our academy to give Pompey the best chance of success both now and in the future.

What’s currently being done?

On the 20th May, we announced that work had begun on a £500,000 training ground complex at Roko, right in the heart of Portsmouth. The funding for this was sourced through the Presidents, Directors and Supporters Trust with work beginning in April to give the facilities the maximum chance to be ready as close to the new season as possible.

And as you read this, exact replicas of our new Fratton Park pitch (another amazing and long overdue piece of work) are being created at our new training ground.

This will mean that, for the first time, we will have our own dedicated training facilities for both the first team squad and our academy. But that’s just Stage One. One of the key elements to selecting Roko was the ability to expand in the future and we have already secured the option to immediately add an additional two pitches and facilities to the rear of the complex to provide a permanent base for our academy teams.

Does Portsmouth need an academy?

Even in our Premiership days we did not own our training facilities, and we’re currently using local university pitches - which we have to book on a daily basis. This puts us at a massive disadvantage compared to other clubs, and significantly hinders the professional development of all our players, especially our academy prospects.

As with any football club, our academy players are vital and we need to ensure that our academy continues to produce talent of the likes of Darren Anderton, Joel Ward, Asmir Begovic, Gary O’Neil, and Marc Wilson among the many others over the years.

As the product (albeit many years ago now) of an academy myself, and also the former manager of our academy, I cannot emphasise how important academies are to football clubs and the local community - I’m sure you know this already.

It’s my belief that every child growing up supporting Pompey should at least have the opportunity to play for this wonderful club – and without a properly set up academy, this simply isn’t possible.

The best talent is forced to go elsewhere and, while we have always nurtured highly talented youngsters through our system, we believe that we’re failing the community by not having the facilities to provide a complete footballing education.

Not only do academy graduates enhance our team, they also enhance the connection of the club with the community.

Even when they leave, their resale value allows us to reinvest in facilities, players and also other initiatives in the community.

Why FanFunding?

To create this academy we knew we had to embrace the community and continue to work together. Last year when we needed to raise £2.5m to save Portsmouth, fans were asked for an investment of £1,000 for a share in the club. Unfortunately, many fans simply couldn’t afford to help us at that time. Even with subsequent share issues, a large proportion of fans are excluded.

Then when we asked you through our recent survey, what you’d like to see us do next, a resounding number of you told us you wanted the club to run fan funded projects so you could make a difference. We took all this on board and, if this campaign is successful, you will directly shape our future and also help us successfully deliver the largest football fan funding project in the UK.

You can make it happen.

Our vision

A few years ago, we had a taste of what could be, winning trophies, playing in Europe against AC Milan – things many of us thought would never happen. But as we all know, it came at great cost.

Our vision is to return Portsmouth FC to where we belong, at the top table in English football but to do it the right way, built from a solid foundation of youth players and financial stability with you, the community, right at the heart of everything we do.

The first step on this journey is to develop our academy to attract the best regional talent to come and play for Pompey.

How the money will be spent?

£250,000 is not an insignificant amount of money, but we believe you can help us do it. Every week we fill Fratton Park with 15,000 home fans – and with that many fans contributing the price of a ticket, you’d smash the target. So, we’re calling this our 24th home match of the season.

As part of our commitment to be open about our finances, it’s important that you know how the money you’re donating is going to be spent, so we’ve broken it down for you:

Table of costs







Developing the academy is something for you to be proud of on its own, but that’s not enough. We want to thank you for supporting our cause with some exclusive rewards, each related to what we’re trying to create.

You’re welcome to contribute as much or as little as you want, but every contribution will receive a thank you and your chosen reward. We may even surprise you with some extra special things throughout the campaign. The more we raise, the more amazing and frequent these will be.

Update 16

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 ...Read More
Update 15

Academy at Roko: development update

We visited Roko a few days ago to see the development of the Pompey Academy training grounds, which is coming along very nicely! Work on the site is going as planned, and although it’s still under construction, it looks like it'll be ready in no time. Have ...Read More
Update 14

A detailed update on rewards

BY Portsmouth FC -

Fans who donated to the Tifosy campaign to raise £250,000 for two new academy pitches, but who have yet to receive their rewards are being asked to be patient as the campaign deals with the unprecedented numbers who contributed.   More details on some...Read More
Update 13

Pompey fanfunding campaign smashes target

BY Portsmouth FC -

Pompey’s FanFunding campaign for two academy pitches closed on Sunday night with the total raised almost £265,000. The target of £250,000 had already been reached on Friday night, but donations continued to roll in over the weekend. The campaign websi...Read More
Update 12

Last day to purchase PST shares

BY Portsmouth FC -

Since launching the FanFunding campaign back in June over 3,200 contributions and donations have been made raising over £173k so far. The campaign, which will enable the club to build two pitches for the Academy at the new training facilities at Roko, of...Read More
Update 11

A reward a day for the Pompey Academy Campaign

BY Portsmouth FC -

The Pompey campaign is gathering pace, having reached the half-way point of £125,000 after only 35 incredible days. For each of the remaining 27 days of the campaign, a new reward will be released for a period of 24 hours to purchase. Each reward will...Read More
Update 10

The Pompey Academy Campaign Reaches £100,000

BY Portsmouth FC -

Earlier today, our Pompey Academy FanFunding campaign reached its first major milestone of £100,000 within the first 24 days. The landmark also represents 40% point of the campaign total of £250,000 with over five weeks still remaining on the campaign. Last...Read More
Update 9

Competition Winner

BY Portsmouth FC -

Last weekend, we ran a competition to win one of the Pompey Academy training ground penalty spots. On Tuesday, Tom Thorold was selected at random as the lucky winner by the new Pompey Academy Manager, Mark Kelly. Tom lives in Godalming. Tom will be pr...Read More
Update 8

Pompey sponsors OneCom have set Pompey fans a challenge!

BY Portsmouth FC -

Pompey sponsors OneCom have set Pompey fans a challenge! Hit the £75,000 mark in our Fan Funding appeal to build a permanent home for the Academy and they will very generously contribute £5,000! OneCom will buy the unique Squad Member Reward, which of...Read More
Update 7

Make contributions to the Pompey Academy campaign offline

BY Portsmouth FC -

Until now, fans wishing to contribute to Andy Awford’s Pompey Academy FanFunding campaign were limited to making their contributions online through the official campaign page. However, due to overwhelming demand from Pompey Fans, it’s now possible to mak...Read More
Update 6

New Academy Manager Mark Kelly asks for your support

BY Portsmouth FC -

Appointed Academy manager last week, Mark Kelly is inevitably eager to see the Campaign succeed. ‘The training ground has always been needed. We can all look at the reasons why it hasn’t happened but it is massive,’ said Kelly. ‘Not only for the Acade...Read More
Update 5

Matches Allocated for “Your Column in Matchday Programme” Reward

BY Portsmouth FC -

The 2014 / 2015 fixture season list is out and we’ve now allocated the match day programmes to the FanFunders who chose this reward.  If you purchased this reward, very shortly you’ll be receiving an email with the details of your allocated match and inf...Read More
Update 4

Help Share the Campaign with our Poster

BY Portsmouth FC -

If you have contributed to the Pompey Academy campaign, we need your help to promote the campaign to ensure we stand the best chance of reaching our £250,000 before the start of the season. We’ve created a poster which you can now download and we’re look...Read More
Update 3

Fancy being a Pompey journalist?

BY Portsmouth FC -

We’ve added another brand new reward! Want to experience what it feels like attending a match as a journalist, and later having your match report read by fellow fans? Here’s your chance! Watch a home game from the press box and write your own report of the ...Read More
Update 2

Column in match day programme sold out, but new Pompey Dad reward

BY Portsmouth FC -

The Pompey fans were hot in pursuit for a chance to write a column in a matchday programme next season. That reward sold out on Thursday; it’s a shame there aren’t more matches in a season! But no need to worry, we’ve added an exclusive Pompey Dad t-shir...Read More
Update 1

Launch Event at Fratton Park

BY Portsmouth FC -

At the campaign launch event, Andy Awford welcomed a group of Pompey fans to Fratton Park. He spoke of his views on the project, which he said is vital to the club’s long-term future, and he is leading the initiative personally and has received high-profile...Read More
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After 56 days this campaign was successfully closed on 14 August, 2014 (23:59 BST)


Your Virtual Square Metre of Academy Training Pitch
Signed Iconic "Ours" photo
2014/15 replica Pompey away jersey signed by the first team and Andy Awford
Signed 2014/2015 Pompey Home Jersey
1993/5 Pompey Away Jersey
2007/8 Replica Pompey Home Jersey signed by Linvoy Primus
2003/04 Replica Pompey Away Jersey signed by members of the first team
2014/15 home shirt signed by club captain Johnny Ertl
2007/8 signed Pompey replica home jersey
Original signed Jimmy Dickinson Souvenir Book
2003/4 replica away shirt signed by Matthew Taylor
Official Pompey Academy Wristband
Public Recognition on Twitter
Replica Pompey shirt signed by Paul Merson
Linvoy Primus Adidas Copa Mondial Match Boots
Pompey v Wigan Programme from 2009 signed by Michael Brown
Signed Steve Finnan 2009/10 Replica Pompey Home Jersey
Exclusive Pompey Football Signed by the 2013/2014 team
2010 Pompey v Coventry FA Cup Programme Signed by Kanu
New and exclusive 2014/15 signed Replica Pompey away jersey
2009 Pompey v Manchester United Premier League Programme Signed by Jamie O’Hara
Signed Hayden Mullins 2009/10 Replica Pompey Home Jersey
Pompey v Sunderland FA Cup 2010 4th Round programme signed by Papa Boupa Diop
Signed Vanden Borre 2009/10 Pompey Home Jersey
Signed Jamie Ashdown 2009/10 Pompey Goalkeeper Jersey and Shorts
Signed Pompey Football Signed by 2006/07 first team
2009/10 Pompey Home Jersey signed by Nadir Belhadj
2009/10 Pompey Home Jersey signed by Mike Williamson
Signed A5 Photo of Pompey Legend Hayden Mullins
2009/10 Pompey Home Jersey signed by Linvoy Primus
Signed 2009/10 Pompey Away Jersey
2009 Pompey v Arsenal Premier League Programme signed by Hassan Yebda
2010 Pompey v Birmingham Premier League Programme Signed by members of the first team
1998/99 Pompey Away Centenary Jersey Signed by Awfs, Macca and Knightsy
2009/10 Replica Pompey Home Jersey signed by Richard Hughes
Get registration “X1 PFC” for your vehicle
2012 Pompey vs Leeds programme signed by Joel Ward
2011 Pompey vs Palace programme signed by Hermann Hreidarsson
2003/04 Replica Pompey Home Jersey signed by the first team
2005-06 Replica Pompey Away Jersey signed by the first team
2007/08 Replica Pompey Home Jersey signed by Arnold Mvuemba
2010/11 Replica Pompey Home Jersey signed by Hayden Mullins
2009 Pompey v Manchester United Premier League Programme Signed by Jamie O’Hara
2002/3 signed replica away shirt
2003/04 Replica Pompey Home Jersey signed by the first team
Signed Caricature of Andy Awford
Vintage: Portsmouth vs Walsall programme
Vintage: Portsmouth vs Peterborough 1980 programme signed by Alan Knight
Vintage: Portsmouth vs Chelsea 1978 programme signed by Alan Knight
Vintage: Rare John Milkins Souvenir Book
Vintage: 1972 Dinner and Dance Menu signed by members of the 1st team
2000 replica home shirt signed by first team
2007 Mitre Football signed by first team
2006/7 Replica home signed jersey
Your name listed in the first Pompey league programme of the season