Friday 24 May – University of Portsmouth Students vs Staff Charity Football Match

The annual University of Portsmouth Students vs Staff Charity Football match is back for 2019 at the home of Portsmouth FC, Fratton Park!

Now in its 4th year, the students versus staff football match demonstrates how the University can come together to give back to the local community and beyond. The game will be played on Friday 24 May, which can be the perfect break from revision, or the perfect way to celebrate the end of exams.
This event is made up of two teams who have been carefully selected and will represent different areas of the University community. Each player aims to raise at least £250 for charity. Last year, this event raised over £16,000 and we’re hoping to raise more this year!
Players have been revealed and tickets are now on sale! All funding raised from ticket sales will be donated to charity.

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When: Friday 24 May, 6:00pm – 10pm (Kick-Off at 7pm)

Where: Fratton Park, Portsmouth

Price: £5 (free for children aged 16 and under)

Tickets are available on the door from 6:00pm. Please bring a cash payment.

Alternatively they can be purchased in advance.


This event is not-for-profit and all proceeds will be split 50/50 for Pompey in the Community and Brain Tumour Research.

Join us for a football match in aid of charity! Last year, this event raised over £16,000, with students defeating staff 4-0. Who will you be supporting?

A small sided game will take place at half-time for children from our community football partnership.

Parking will be available for free at Fratton Park, but spaces are limited.

Food and drink will be available to purchase within the stadium.

A raffle will also take place, with all proceeds going towards charity! Our prizes are listed below.

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For more information, please email or call 02392 84 5555.

We’re looking for volunteers!

Want to help out on the day? Want to see how events like this are run behind the scenes? We’d love to hear from you!

For more information, please email or call 02392 84 5555.


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Staff Team

Anton Barnwell

Javier Alcaraz

Jack Collins







Jake Alford

Dr Stephen Pearse

Kev Pogorzelski







Matt Diffey

Michael Cushway

Tarek Fergani







Ben Heather

Teodor Zhelyazkov

Tom Ward







Jonathan Williams

Shaun Searle

Radoslav Iliev







Kieran Young

Matt Knight – Team Coach

Ben Man – Team Coach







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Student Team

Yaseen Abdou

Noah Bedford Henry

Jordy Betts







Jack Boxall

Ross Williams

Connor Crofts







Digby Hayden

Arrun Johal

Michael Reith







Phil Samuel

Iestyn Williams

Steve Saunders







Tom Knifton-Smith

Dan Sutton

Ali Shioui







Sam Chance

Antony Lewendon – Team Coach

Charlotte Beaney – Team Coach









Raffle Prizes:

Our staff and volunteers will be selling raffle tickets on the day! All proceeds will go to our chosen charities and count towards our fundraising total.

  • One ticket for £1
  • Strip of five for £5

We’ll be drawing winners after the match at 9:30pm.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors and to the businesses who have kindly donated and supported this event so far.

  • Ace Tennis Academy – rackets and lessons
  • Belle Beauty – voucher and testers (worth £25)
  • Boots – voucher
  • Brittany Ferries – travel voucher (worth £200)
  • Chichester Golf – 4 ball voucher (worth £80)
  • Conor Chaplin – signed football boots
  • Crossfit Box – 1 month free (worth £55)
  • D-Day Museum – family ticket (worth £30)
  • Fare-Port Airport Transfers & Executive Cars – voucher (worth £50)
  • Hair Ott – voucher (worth £20)
  • Hovertravel – 2 adult return tickets (worth £48)
  • Jamie Carragher Foundation – signed and framed photo
  • Leilamezze – voucher (worth £40)
  • Kassia – goodie bag
  • Mayfield Recording Studio – 2hrs free recording time, including use of equipment
  • New Theatre Royal – 2 tickets
  • Next – various gifts (worth over £50)
  • No6 Cinema – 2 tickets (worth £18)
  • Peter Ashley Activity Centre – climbing voucher (worth £6)
  • Playzone – 2 kids tickets (worth £14)
  • Pompey in the Community – 2 PFC match tickets (worth £46)
  • Rock Up – 2 child climbing vouchers (worth £16)
  • SnowTrax – adventure park, ski bob and ringos family tickets
  • South Central Festival – 2 adult weekend tickets (worth £140)
  • The Marmion – vouchers
  • UOP Marketing – signed PFC shirt, signed PFC ball
  • UOP Sport and Recreation – 3 month membership (worth £45)
  • UK Paintball – 5 tickets; full day, equipment hire, lunch (worth £75)
  • Yates – weekend VIP booth for 10
  • ZWILLING J.A.Henckels, Gunwharf Quays2 x Knife Skills class tickets (worth £40)

Staff vs Students Charity Football Match 2019

The Department of Sport and Recreation are inviting all staff members at the University of Portsmouth to formally register their interest in being apart of the 4th Annual Staff vs Students charity football match, taking place on the hallowed turf of Fratton Park in May 2019.

The annual Staff vs Students Charity football event has raised over £25,000 for various charities including Brain Tumour Research. The staff team were unlucky to lose last year, but are still 2-1 up overall with two years of dominance. Since the events inception in 2016 staff have won 2-1, 3-1 and lost 4-0. We’re looking to get the trophy back this year and need your help.


How do I get involved?

If you’re interested in being part of this exciting match please register your interest through the google form. The form should be completed and submitted by Monday 7th January 2019 to confirm your attendance to the open trials. To find out more, or if you have any questions please email


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The trials will be taking place on Thursday 17th January 2019 at 21:00 and Friday 18th January 2019 at 20:00. Trials will be held at the University’s sports campus located on Furze Lane: Langstone Sports Site, Furze Lane, Portsmouth, PO4 8LW. Please arrive 15 minutes before the trial is due to start. If you are a student looking to register your interest, you should in the first instance speak to the students union:


This years charities are again Brain Tumour Research and Pompey in the Community.


Jackson Davies – Global Digital Marketing Officer

Jackson Davies

“Taking part in the Staff vs Students match was a fantastic experience! As a lifelong Pompey fan, it was incredible to be able to run out onto the pitch at Fratton Park and experience a full match. It’s something I’ll remember forever, even if we got beat 4-0! I raised a lot of money for charity in honour of my dad, who died from cancer the year before. I was honoured by the amount of money that my friends and family donated for this brilliant cause. I’d honestly recommend this experience to anyone.”

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James Quinn – Student Finance Centre

James Quinn – Student Finance Advice Officer

“I cannot recommend applying to play in the charity game enough. It’s not just about the day itself, but the build up with training, weekly matches and experiencing the team camaraderie. One of the best bits was the fact that we raised so much money for charity which is something I am very proud to have been a part of. In terms of the game, it will be something I will never forget. I’m a Pompey fan and to lead out the team as captain and play at Fratton Park was just unbelievable, especially in front of my family and friends. You do need to be committed though, it’s not just about the training but also about raising money for the chosen charities. Promote it through social media and contact family and friends and get them on board. You will not regret it!”

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David Wands – Director, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

Prof. David Wands – Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

“The staff vs student match is a fantastic event to be involved in. Playing at Fratton Park is a great experience. I really enjoyed the build-up to the big match, getting to know the other players from around the university, training together and playing as a team. I didn’t have any clever ideas for fundraising, I just asked everyone I knew and took every opportunity to tell them of the work we were putting in to the training, and the good causes their money was going to. Setting up a JustGiving page makes it easy for people to donate online.”

Not only is this a massively enjoyable end of year event for all involved, it raises crucial funds for 2 very important charities. Brain Tumour Research is the charity partner of the University of Portsmouth Sport and Recreation department (the University is the home of the Brain Tumour Research Centre), and we regularly host charity events to help make all of their vital research possible. Pompey in the Community is affiliated with Portsmouth Football Club, who run inclusive coaching sessions, courses, education, health initiatives and community outreach schemes within the city and surrounding areas. All funds raised from the event is split 50/50 between the chosen charities.

University of Portsmouth Rugby Club compete in China

Portsmouth return triumphant from China in 4th UK-China University Sports Week

The men’s rugby team spent a week in Xian in a visit that strengthened Portsmouth’s links with China


Student rugby players from the University of Portsmouth (UoP) visited Xian from 1st – 10th September for the 4th China-UK University Sports Week. The event was an initiative of the Federation of University Sport of China and the British Council. The event saw a series of 7’s games against Chinese university rugby teams and a number of student networking events. The aim is to deepen the collaboration between British and Chinese universities through sport.

Universities from Portsmouth, Cambridge and Northumbria were chosen to represent the UK in the tournament. Portsmouth performed brilliantly, winning their tournament. The opening ceremony which was held at Northwestern Polytechnic University, was watched by over 3,000 and shown on Chinese TV. Xian, where the students visited, is a city of 12 million people and the start of the old Silk Road. The team played against Cambridge, Northwestern Polytechnical, Xiamen  and Beijing universities.


What was the purpose of the event?

The event was a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience Chinese culture with visits to the Terra Cotta Warriors. The students also visited Maotengkong Primary School and Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine. They also attended a number of formal dinners and receptions held by a variety of hosts. Students lead coaching sessions for Chinese rugby players and took part in seminars discussing the different ways in which rugby is developed in the UK and China.

As part of the UoP Global engagement strategy this event gave students the chance to experience first-hand an international super city and in turn access to key partners and networks.

Paul Tilley, Head of Sport and Recreation at UoP, said:

‘’Portsmouth was honoured to be invited by the British Council and the Chinese Embassy to take part in this event.  Portsmouth’s achievements as an ambitious university with an excellent reputation for sport and a global outlook are being noticed. The visit was an excellent chance for our students to enjoy themselves in a totally different culture, make new friends, and be ambassadors for the UK.  It will also strengthen the relations we already have with the British Council, Chinese Embassy and with Chinese partner institutions. International links like these provide invaluable opportunities for our students and help develop our global partnerships.”

Student Sam Balkham said:

‘’The trip was more than I hoped for. The experience of visiting such a unique part of China was amazing. Immersing ourselves in their culture was something I will never forgot. The hospitality of our hosts was first class and the standard of rugby really good. I would recommend any student to take up the opportunity to travel abroad whilst at University. Especially on trips as well organised as this by our university.’’

What’s next?

Following on from the visit, Nick Parker – Head Rugby Coach at UoP will work with the British Council on further rugby development projects. 30 Chinese female rugby players are also due to visit Portsmouth in September 2019. The University of Portsmouth hosted the Minister Counsellor for Education from the Embassy of the Peoples Republic China last week where a variety of sports related courses and opportunities were discussed.


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