Festive Footie Cheer with Portsmouth FC

Young adult in bed with Portsmouth FC players

Stars from Portsmouth Football Club recently visited Naomi House & Jacksplace to spread some festive football cheer.

Manager, Danny Cowley, was joined by Captain, Clark Robertson, and players, Joe Rafferty and Michael Morrison, who came into Jacksplace, to meet with the young adults. After talking with everyone, including staff and parents too, the players gifted everyone a signed football as a Christmas present. They then crowded round the Jacksplace Christmas tree and posed for photos with everybody that wanted one.

Young adult with Portsmouth FC players
Danny Cowley giving gift to young adult

The visit then ended with a fun-filled game of throw and catch between Danny, the players, young adults and staff at the hospices.

A special highlight from the visit was that Pete, who is a big fan of Portsmouth Football Club, was visiting Jacksplace at the time, and met the players, had photos and received a signed shirt from the team. Lyn and Andy said this about his experience:

The visit meeting Portsmouth Football Club was a great chance for Pete to interact with his favourite team. He thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent talking to him. He has been very fortunate to meet them five times now at Jacksplace over the years, now challenging the times Andy has met the team, who as a former season ticket holder introduced Pete to the best team on the south coast! His signed shirt will take pride of place in his bedroom, with his other shirts, ball and pendant.

— Lyn and Andy
Young adult posing with Portsmouth FC players
Danny Cowley giving signed shirt

This isn’t the first time Portsmouth FC have visited the hospices. Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, it was an annual Christmas tradition for the team to come in and spend some time with the families visiting.

Staff with Portsmouth FC players