On Saturday 26th November, 70 local residents took part in a Community Flash Mob at the home game at Fratton Park for Pompey vs Stevenage. This Community Flash Mob funded by Fratton Big Local took quite a few months to plan and was fantastic to see some many local people get involved in this real community grassroots project.
At half time, to the surprise of many of the 16,000 fans that were at the match, music came on and a dancing dog appeared in the middle of the pitch. Shortly after, he was joined by a mob of young people and adults on the touchlines who had learnt the routine. The mob was easily identifiable on the day by their white t-shirts and they couldn’t help but stand out on the pitch to everyone at the match. Nelson, the Pompey Mascot enthusiastically joined into the flash mob most appropriately to the verse of ‘who let the dogs out’ and wore himself out dancing!
This project was funded by Fratton Big Local, who have been given £1 million by the Big Lottery Fund to spend over the next 10 years and it will be used to benefit the community of Fratton to become better at working together to deal with any issues, have more confidence and skills (as people and as a community), feel proud of where they live and make a real, lasting difference to the area.
Pompey in the Community worked with Sarah Hume from Rentaflash and organised free and open access community dance sessions for local residents to attend throughout September, October and November. These sessions were based locally in the evenings and weekends to try and attract as many people to get involved as possible.
This was the first time something like this had been organised at Fratton Park and the crowd were really enthusiastic towards the flash mob. The mob had a fantastic time and came off full of energy ‘asking when can we do it again!’