The John Jenkins Stadium
Pompey in the Community is developing a new sports facility right in the middle of the city. Named after DDay veteran and life-long Pompey fan, the John Jenkins Stadium will become a central hub for the whole of the community where people young & old can train, learn, play and, most importantly, belong and grow.
It will also serve the needs of the 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.
Each week during term time Pompey in the Community delivers coaching and training programs to over 6,000 students and pupils – that’s over 36,000 individuals each year. They run sports, education, health, inclusion and disability projects in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas through a range of programs and projects. There are over 45 coaching and support staff, plus casuals–in addition to a whole army of volunteers.
Working in partnership with Moneyfields FC, the PITC had a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop their current site to provide all-weather pitches, gym, dance studio, boxing facilities, a clubhouse and lots, lots more. The surrounding grounds will be developed and landscaped to include raised beds for food growing projects, fruit trees and a Tiny Forest, one of Earthwatch Europe’s latest environmental initiatives.
The John Jenkins Stadium is not all about football. A specialised boxing gym gives us the opportunity to engage with a much broader range of people from all areas of the city and will allow us to support Portsmouth’s youth even more. In addition, a multi-use games area, flexible classrooms, studios and social club will allow us to provide something for everybody and help improve health and well-being across Portsmouth.
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