We are passionate about protecting our environment and are committed to helping bring about change, in particular to attitudes surrounding this issue. We are in a unique position to be able to do this due to our connections and engagement with a wide range of people through our education and community programmes. Plus, we can do this NOW, with YOUR HELP in the development of the John Jenkins Stadium.
The John Jenkins Stadium is an exciting new community sports facility we are building in the city. As a new build, we are able to incorporate, from the start, environmentally friendly building processes and materials to provide better and more adaptable facilities. The EcoHub classroom is just part of this and will sit within a forested area in the grounds of the facility, blending seamlessly into its natural surroundings.
The EcoHub classroom will be a focus for our environmental and education programmes, teaching our community the importance of protecting the planet from climate change, how we can all be part of that and what we can do.
The area around the structure will be geared towards increasing biodiversity and will also incorporate raised beds for fruit and veg growing projects as well as sustainable planting. Insect housing, hedgehog houses, bee drinking stations are just some of the features we are excited to create to encourage wildlife into the area around the classroom and in the grounds.
As well as providing a unique and dedicated space, building the EcoHub will also help us fulfill our ambition of reaching net-zero carbon emissions at the John Jenkins Stadium by 2050.
Pompey in the Community is in the early stages of building the John Jenkins Stadium. Named after DDay veteran and life-long Pompey fan, the John Jenkins Stadium will become a central hub for us all; where we can train, learn, play and, most importantly, belong and grow. It will also serve the needs of our community, as according to Portsmouth City Council’s Playing Pitch Strategy 2018-2022, there is an urgent need for more sports provision in Portsmouth and a shortfall of high-quality football provision in the city, particularly 3G pitches.
We have been gifted the freehold of six acres of the current Moneyfields FC site to build the new facility, which will include two full-size, 3G all-weather pitches - one of which is a stadia pitch - a five-a-side pitch, training gym and separate boxing gym, classrooms, dance studio, a community cafe, plus numerous other community facilities. And of course, the EcoHub Classroom.
We have already raised over £5m to build the John Jenkins Stadium but, we need to fundraise for any extras such as the EcoHub classroom.
The EcoHub classroom will sit in the forested area, in the northwest corner of the grounds and within easy distance of the stadium and facilities. Groundworks are needed to prepare the area before building can commence. A team will then move in to erect and install the prepared structure on-site, which will be complete with a sedum-style roof, disability access and plenty of seating.
The EcoHub will also be used by our many different community groups as an alternative meeting and greeting space that is both calm and inspirational. All monies raised through this campaign will go towards building the EcoHub classroom.
We are Portsmouth Football Club's affiliated charity and are currently 100% self-funded. We run sports, education, health, inclusion and disability projects in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas through a range of programmes and projects. We aim to advance the lives of local people by supporting them to develop skills, enhance self-belief, act independently and engage with the community.
We have been established for over twenty years in Anson Road, right next to Portsmouth Football Club and currently have about 50 full-time coaching and support staff, plus our casuals – this is in addition to a whole army of volunteers.
Our programmes and projects include not only many different football coaching and training sessions, but also projects that support some of the most marginalised, vulnerable and hard to reach members of our community. These include our dementia support group, Life 'n' Chimes; Men’s Kitchen, cooking courses for men by men and the award-winning Re-Fit programme that provides sport, fitness and education for those affected by addiction, homelessness and mental health issues.
We have been recognised as the South East Community Club for three years in succession and in 2019 was named the National Community Club of the Year for the second time.
We need to raise at least £10,000 to fund the EcoHub classroom. We can win some match funding from Portsmouth City Council if we raise a minimum of £1,000 with at least 30 donors - but we need to do it fast!
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