Thursday 18th August 2016 will undoubtedly live long in the memory for 7 Junior Blues members and their families as they received their new membership pack from current Pompey players Conor Chaplin and Ben Close.
The players hopped into the car after training, with Junior Blues packs under their arms and started delivering to lucky fans from across the community. The players are more used to the football pitch than playing the role of a postman, but on the day in which Junior Blues members were left with beaming smiles on their faces, players were left with exactly the same feeling.
Ben Close said: ‘It was a fantastic day, the opportunity to go and visit young fans and their families personally was something that was good to be a part of. Sitting down, talking football and hearing so many different stories about people’s association with the football club was excellent. But the best bit was seeing the children’s faces when they were given their packs, that was something that truly signified how important this football club is to so many people, especially our young fans.’
The player visits and Junior Blues membership packs didn’t just go down well with the children but the rest of the family as well. Parents, Sarah Bailey added: ‘WOW! I don’t think that we could quite believe what just happened! What an absolutely amazing experience, we are so grateful. MASSIVE, MASSIVE THANKS!!’ And Steve Mclenaghan spoke of his daughters’ delight, ‘My girls were left with tears of joy after the players left, it was a lovely moment to share.’
Junior Blues members can collect their packs from Saturday at the game by calling into the Pompey in the Community offices. If you haven’t signed up yet for the Junior Blues, don’t worry, there is still lots of time and lots of new exclusive events coming up. For more information about Pompey’s junior fan club Junior Blues or to sign up to the scheme, visit juniorblues.pompeyitc.co.uk