Two teams of students and staff from the University of Portsmouth played a friendly match at Fratton Park for charity.
Over £7,550 was raised through player fundraising, ticket sales, tours and a raffle, beating the total raised last year.
All funds raised are to be split 50/50 between Pompey in the Community and Prostate Cancer UK.
The staff team was victorious against the students, with the final score at 3-1.
Now in its second year, the match is a demonstration of how the University can come together to give back to the local community and beyond. The event was organised between Sport and Recreation, the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union and Pompey in the Community.
The first goal was scored in the first half by Alex Cole (Sport and Recreation) for the staff team, which was quickly equalised by ex-Portsmouth FC player, Vincent Pericard, who made a guest appearance on the student team.
However, the student advantage was short-lived when staff member Jonathan Williams (International Office) scored another goal before half-time, making it 2-1.
At half-time, children were called from the crowd to take part in a penalty shoot-out. Stadium tours were also offered to attendees at the cost of a small donation; another avenue for fundraising as 60 spectators took advantage of the offer. An additional £300 was also raised through a charity raffle, with some generous prizes donated by Pompey in the Community.
The staff team secured their victory in the second half, with a third goal scored by Dr. Peter Kelly (Civil Engineering and Surveying).
Over 300 spectators attended the event at Fratton Park, to show their support for both teams and charities. Ticket sales reached a total £1,500 on the day, with all proceeds going towards the two chosen charities, Pompey in the Community and Prostate Cancer UK.
Pompey in the Community are an independent charitable trust affiliated to Portsmouth Football Club. They currently deliver educational programmes to over 8,000 individuals annually. The programmes vary from fully structured sessions integrated into a schools timetable, to ‘one-off’ bespoke activities as requested by schools and other community groups. Pompey in the Community’s ‘Your Street Project’ is funded by the Hampshire Police & Crime Commissioner. The project’s aim is to use diversionary early intervention activities and targeted interventions with the aim of reducing Anti-Social Behaviour and positively engaging those at risk or involved in the Youth Justice System.
Prostate Cancer UK is the UK’s largest mens health charity. They have a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Over the next 10 years, they aim to stop prostate cancer being a killer through shifting the science; to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support. Prostate Cancer UK was the first national organisation for prostate cancer in the UK.
Vice-Chancellor at the University of Portsmouth, Graham Galbraith, provided a comment on the impact this event has on the city and to the charities:
“This event brings the whole university community together whilst raising money for local and national charitable causes. The University is a central part of the City of Portsmouth and this is a great opportunity not only to have some fun together but for students and staff either as players or supporters to actively contribute to our local community. I want to pay special tribute to Prostate cancer UK for their support with the event, Pompey in the Community for arranging the use of Fratton Park and Pompey Football Club for being so generous in letting us use their hallowed turf which has seen them achieve well deserved promotion this year.”
The staff team was headed by Sport and Recreation, who coordinated and selected the staff team through competitive trials. The student team was led by the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union, who selected student representatives as a reward for their effort in volunteering across the University community. On the day, all players were chosen based on their commitment to the event and their ability to raise the most money for our supported charities.
Both teams helped to raise the largest contribution to the fundraising total, with each player expecting to raise at least £150 each. The staff team raised a total £3,637.78 and the students raised £2,272.74; an average of £179 per player!
President of the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union, James Belmonte, commented on his experience of the day:
“The day really did show what the University is all about. I’m proud that we were able to put on such an enjoyable and big fundraising event for two great causes. The scoreline may not have gone our way but nothing can take away from the experience of playing at Fratton Park. Next year is the student’s year!”
This event would not have been possible without the vital team of volunteers who helped out on the day. A mixed group of 14 students and staff helped out with various tasks such as refereeing, officiating, ticket checks, selling raffle tickets and even being a mascot for the day! The volunteer team racked up a total of 63 volunteer hours. A member of the volunteer team commented: “It was an amazing opportunity to be involved in delivering such a successful event and raising money for a great cause. I really enjoyed coordinating the other volunteers who were fantastic!”
Photography was provided on the day by Jonny Bell Photography.
For more information about this event, please contact Carl Athersuch (email@example.com / 02392 84 3532)