The Pompey Supporters' Trust is pleased to announce that it has completed its donation of £250,000 to Pompey in the Community to help fund the construction of the John Jenkins Stadium.
The donation has been funded by the surplus of unwithdrawn shares and other reserves of the PST following the sale of Portsmouth Football Club in 2017. Following the sale, the PST informed shareholders that any surplus from the sale would be put towards creating a lasting legacy for the city of Portsmouth.
We announced our plans to help fund this ambitious project to redevelop Moneyfields Park in 2020. The project will create a new Community Hub with two 3G pitches, changing rooms and a gym. Additionally, classroom facilities and a function room will be created. Following this announcement, our members were balloted and gave their overwhelming approval for the funding of this project.
This facility will give Pompey in the Community a much needed base for continuing its vital work providing training and eduction for thousands of children, as well as supporting older people and people with disabilities. This work was recently recognised by the award of an MBE to Pompey in the Community CEO, and PST board member, Clare Martin.
Additionally, the stadium will continue to be available to Moneyfields FC, and will also be a base for Portsmouth FC Women.
Simon Colebrook, Chair of the PST, said "We have been very keen to see a lasting legacy for the city following the sale of our shares in Pompey in 2017. This community facility will forever show the collective power of our fan base in not only raising the money to save our football club, but also in helping to provide a place in the city where children, disabled people and older residents can realise the benefits and enjoyment of participation in sport."
Clare Martin, MBE and CEO of Pompey in the Community, said "Construction of the facility started in the Autumn of 2021 and is currently progressing well with an anticipated opening date in October 2022. I cannot thank the PST enough for this generous donation that will help us create a hub to serve the whole community.”