16 | focus on the fans fund The Premier League Fans Fund is a commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs,the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game. The Premier League Fans Fund has two Schemes – Large and Small Grants. Large Grants, which are categorised as grants over £20,000, provide funding for the core operational costs of organisations like Kick it Out, football’s equality and inclusion body, and Level Playing Field, who work to remove the barriers in football and sport generally that exclude disabled people. Small Grants, which are categorised as grants of up to £20,000, are awarded to one-off events or campaigns that foster improved relations between a club and its supports.The campaign can run for up to three years and must have support from the associated club.We feature two examples at Portsmouth FC and Shrewsbury Town FC here. PORTSMOUTH COMMUNITY BROUGHT TOGETHER THANKS TO FANS FUND Pompey in the Community’s (PiTC)‘Pompey Memories’ project, is an initiative that bridges the gap between multiple generations of Portsmouth FC supporters. By working with some of the club’s oldest and youngest fans, the project aims to foster inter-generational respect and understanding within the football club and wider local community. Through a series of workshops, the project sees multiple generations working together to share knowledge, skills and experiences.Activities range from interviews between young fans and their older counterparts, to cooking classes and IT tutorials. Each session also sees the production of “The PUP”, the new Portsmouth FC match day programme aimed at younger Pompey fans. 12-year-old Ethan expressed his love for the project:“It has been great fun to learn all the new skills in the workshops. My highlight was interviewing former players for our match day programme. It was so cool seeing our work in a programme at the games.” The community reach of PiTC allows the £15,400 Premier League Fans Fund grant to touch all strands of Portsmouth’s diverse community. Young people are engaged from a wide selection of local schools, and the holistic reach of the project also sees PiTC work with young fans from local community clubs, charitable organisations and multiple faith groups. Older fans from Portsmouth’s dementia group“Life‘n’ Chimes” and the Pompey History Society also take part. Lifelong Pompey fan, Dave Couzens, 65, said: “The Pompey Memories project has been a brilliant initiative for me to become involved with. It is fantastic to know that us older supporters can pass our memories and experiences to the next generation of fans, so that they can enjoy Portsmouth FC’s heritage.”