Good news is always followed by bad at Pompey
By Site reporter
Thursday 09 Feb 2012 21:21:00
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Pompey might not win any awards for keeping their financs in order this season but they are in running for honours from the Football League.

They have been shortlisted for three prizes at the 2012 Football League Awards - the Coca-Cola Community Club of the Year, a title they have already won in the the South West and the Tokio Marine Family Club of the Year, with Joel Ward shortlisted for the PFA Player in the Community title. It is perhaps a timely signal that Portsmouth would be losing more than just a football club if the worst were to happen on February 20 - it would be losing a vital resource that's remembered once more it has a big role to play in city life.

Meanwhile manager Michael Appleton has been talking candidly about the prospects of Pompey avoiding administration - or, more to the point, not avoiding it.

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In the Football League award scheme, Pompey were considered to be the best example of a Community Club in the region and will face four other finalists from the South East, Midlands, North East and North West, reported the official club website.

In undertaking key community projects in health, social inclusion, education and sports participation, Pompey displayed strong levels of engagement across all categories and have connected with over 33,000 people locally in the last year.

In being nominated for the Family Club of the Year, Pompey’s commitment to creating a family-friendly atmosphere at Fratton Park has been rewarded. Development of areas such as Kidzone, an interactive children’s area for families to attend pre-match, combined with family specific ticket offers have been singled out as the part of the club’s efforts to nurture the fans of the future.

Ward will come up against Noel Hunt (Reading) and Tamika Mkandawire (Millwall) in the battle for the PFA Player in the Community award. The 22-year-old has come through Pompey’s youth ranks to establish his place as a regular member of the Blues’ first-team. He has continually shown his commitment to the club by working with a number of its community projects, including working as a mentor for the Extra Time reading scheme, visiting a six-year-old child from one of the most deprived areas of the city every week.

The ceremony will be held at a gala ceremony on Sunday, March 11 at The Brewery in London.

Meanwhile Appleton has admitted a new spell of administration seems a real possibility for the Blues. He told The News: ‘We have to make sure we’re prepared (for administration). If it does happen, we’ll deal with it and do everything to keep the spirit and morale of the club in place. We need as many points in the bag as possible.’

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