Education, Environment & the EcoHub

by Pompey in the Community in Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

We did it
On 15th November 2021 we successfully raised £10,075 ( + est. £518.00 Gift Aid ) with 68 supporters in 35 days

We aim to build an EcoHub classroom at the new John Jenkins Stadium as a focus for our environmental education and community programme

by Pompey in the Community in Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you for helping us reach our first target. We can now kick off the project by preparing the ground and working on the design. However, we still have a way to go. We need to fit out the space to make it fully functional, finish off the build and hopefully install a plant-based roof to attract bees and other insects.

Please help us raise the final £2,500 so we can go for some match funding to round the project off!!1

Our Ambition

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. 

1633103666_ariel_community_pitch_hi_res_(1).jpgThe 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.

John Jenkins Stadium

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.

Why your support is needed

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.

The Team

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.

How you can help

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!

  • Make a pledge to donate any amount you can afford – all donations are very much appreciated 
  • Pledge money for one of our many rewards 
  • Spread the word 
  • Share the link to our page 
  • Encourage friends and family to support us too
  • Follow progress on social media.



Donate £10 and get a massive THANK YOU, your name in the POMPEY FC MATCH DAY programme, and get a shout-out on our social media. 

Donate now and #backthefuture of Pompey in the Community, our city and our planet.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£15 or more

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Fratton Park Stadium Tour, Adults and Kids

Come on one of our famous stadium tours of Fratton Park and see what goes on behind the scenes of Pompey Football Club. Tours are over half term on Tue 26/10 and Wed 27/10, 10am-11.30 and 11.30am-1pm. Meet promptly at the PitC office in Anson Road, PO4 8TB, and allow 1.5 hours for each tour. Pledge at least £15 per adult, £5 per child (up to 15 years). Max 2 children per adult. Unique opportunity. Only available through this Crowdfunder.

£5 or more

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£5 voucher for the Package Free Larder

As fellow Eco Crowdfunders we are delighted that the Package Free Larder joined us in our campaign. They have kindly donated 5 x £5 vouchers to be redeemed in their shop on Elm Grove. They are Portsmouth's first plastic-free shop, providing groceries for the community that don't cost the Earth. Community-led and run mostly by volunteers, all profits are reinvested into the shop and local community projects.

£10 or more


Everyone who donates £10 will get a massive THANK YOU, their name in the POMPEY FC MATCH DAY programme and get a shout out on our social media! PUP!!!

£13 or more

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John Jenkins Stadium mug

Perfect Christmas present! Unique, limited edition John Jenkins Stadium mug that is only available through this campaign. Available to collect at our offices in Anson Road, Mon-Fri, 9 am - 5 pm. Please add £5 p&p if you are unable to collect and want us to post it to you within the UK. Overseas postage can also be arranged.

£15 or more

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Big Bear Hug kids story

For a £15 donation, you can enjoy this adorable story of a huge bear's mission to save his forest from being chopped down by humans. Fully illustrated, hardback book with dust jacket by Nicholas Oldland. A perfect tale and a perfect gift for Christmas. Can be collected from PitC or contact us to arrange postage.

£20 or more

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School holiday course voucher for half term

Donate £20 to our EcoHub campaign and claim a voucher for one of our school holiday courses at Milton Cross and Chichester College, or our girls-only course at Park Community School, Havant. All the courses start at 09.30 am and finish at 3 pm and are for children aged 5-12 years old of all abilities. Dates and venue to be confirmed with donors.

£20 or more

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Pompey’s Extraordinary 1939 Wembley Triumph

A limited edition, signed copy of Anatomy of a Cup Final: The Story of Pompey’s Extraordinary 1939 Wembley Triumph. This unique, not- available-in-the-shops book is yours for a £20 donation. Only 4 copies are left from a limited print run which are signed by one of the authors, Colin Farmery. Collection available or add £5 p&p and contact us to arrange postage.

£25 or more

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Matchday tickets

Help our campaign and help the environment by donating £25 to secure your matchday ticket at Fratton Park. Fixture dates and seat allocation to be agreed.

£30 or more

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John Jenkins Stadium pin badge.

Perfect for Christmas! Unique, collectable, limited edition John Jenkins Stadium pin badge. For a £30 donation, you will receive a limited edition Pompey FC pin badge branded with ‘I helped build the John Jenkins Stadium’. Your name will also go in the Pompey FC matchday programme and we will give you a THANK YOU shout out on our social media platform.

£33 or more

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Plant a tree

Your donation will go towards planting a tree in the grounds of the John Jenkins Stadium. Not only will you be making a positive contribution to offset carbon emissions now, but you will also be helping us to reach our net-zero targets by 2050.

£50 or more

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Boys & girls wildlife PJ set

Every pj tells a story. Donate £50 and you can send your kids to dreamland with these soft cotton pyjamas crafted for all the wild adventures they'll have. 'Life In the Wild' blue & pink kids appliqué PJ set in soft cozy cotton. Let us know what sizes you need. Can be collected from Anson Road or add £7.00 p&p.

£60 or more

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His ‘n’ hers wildlife PJ set

Donate £60 and you can get this set of wildlife print adult PJs. From Hatleys, Little Blue House collection, these are the best-kept secret in town: 'unbearlievably' cozy you’ll sleep like a log. Worth £80 for the set, not only are these a real deal but they will help us achieve our environmental ambitions, and would make perfect Christmas pressies. Let us know what sizes you need. Can be collected from Anson Road or add £7.00 p&p.

£100 or more

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Unique, matchday experience. Only 10 available!! *2 x South Stand seat tickets (1 x accompanying adult, 1 x child mascot). *Loan kit for the event. *Warm-up on the pitch whilst the players are warming up (weather permitting). *Lap of honour. *Accompany Pompey player onto pitch before the start. *Official mascots and players photograph PLUS: Individual photograph in front of the Fratton End and an A3 sized signed squad poster!

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