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Gianluca Vialli backs Portsmouth's academy campaign

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A fan-funded training ground for Portsmouth has the backing of former Chelsea player and manager Gianluca Vialli.

The Chelsea legend visited Fratton Park to give help raise awareness for the £250,000 needed to build the astroturf pitches.

Vialli told the club's official website: “Portsmouth are developing a blueprint for how clubs outside of the top tiers in leagues across the globe can survive with fans running their own clubs.

"Tifosy’s fanfunding platform is set to be a vitally important part not only of the Portsmouth story but in the development of the fan ownership model for clubs everywhere."

A primary reason why this project will be donation funded is a result of the answers from the fans survey, where a high percentage indicated that they would like to be a part of fan run projects. 

Some fans felt excluded as they could simply not justify spending £1000 for a single share at the club, this project however allows them to donate as little or as much as they want.

Since saving Portsmouth and making it the largest fan-owned club in Britain, the Portsmouth Supporters Trust are trying, and succeeding, to make the club closer to the fans. 

The training ground was moved was moved onto the Island in an attempt to make the players feel that they were a fundamental part of the city.  

Training on the Universities' playing field does come at a cost, though, as they have to regularly ask whether the facilities can be used the following day.

 


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