Parent Guide


What should my child wear?

We ask that all children are dressed appropriately for the weather and ready for sport. Shorts, t-shirts and football socks are recommended, but tracksuit bottoms and tops are also absolutely fine. Shin pads are essential, your child may not be able to take part in some (or all) of the activities if they do not bring shin pads. In inclement weather we recommend layers, so that your child can take off/put on extra layers if they get too hot or cold. If your child would like to purchase a Portsmouth kit in advance, you can do so here.

Can I stay to watch my child's session?

Dependant on venue. Please check with office/coaching staff prior to booking.

What footwear should my child bring?

The footwear recommended depends on the venue that your child is participating at. For courses that take place on grass, we recommend football boots during the winter months, although astroturf or moulded boots may suffice during the summer months. For courses that take place on 3G astroturf or synthetic grass pitches, we recommend astroturf trainers or moulded boots, but no metal studs.

What time do the courses run to and from?

Course time vary - see booking system or speak to office/coaching staff.

What happens if it rains?

We will endeavour to keep the children playing football for as long as possible during our courses, but inevitably the courses can be disrupted by rain, particularly during the winter months. If our coaches deem the weather too wet or dangerous to play safely then the session may be cancelled. It is worth noting that not every venue has the facilities to cater for indoor sport, therefore these activities may include quizzes, competitions or other such sport-themed games.

What if I need to cancel?

If you need to cancel your booking, you can do so any time up to 24 hours prior to the course starting, as per our terms and conditions (see 3. Cancellations, amendments and refunds).

What other services do you offer outside of the holidays?

We offer bespoke birthday parties, team training sessions and match day experiences, in addition to our courses. Our Skills Club also runs all year round at a number of venues across Hampshire, West Sussex and on the Isle of Wight. For further information, contact We also run an extensive schools programme across a wide network of schools, for further information on how your school can work with Pompey in the Community, contact

If you have a specific question that is not answered on this page, please email

What to bring

At Pompey in the Community we want your child to get the most out their experience with us. We strongly recommend that your child brings the following items. If your child arrives at the venue without the compulsory items (marked *) we regret that they will not be permitted to take part and full payment will still be taken.

Appropriate footwear*

We recommend football boots (studs or moulds), Astroturf trainers or trainers.

Packed Lunch

Depending on the length of your child's course, a healthy lunch is important for your child to maintain good energy levels. Holiday Courses will have a 1 hour break for lunch. All groups will also break for a snack mid-morning.

Shin Pads*

Shin pads are compulsory for each child. Without shin pads, your child will not be able to take part. If your child does not currently own shin pads, you can purchase shin pads from our Club shop or online store.


It is important to ensure that your child stays well hydrated by providing plenty of water for the day.

Goalkeepers Gloves

If your child is a goalkeeper, or is booked on to a goalkeeping course, then it is compulsory to bring goalkeeping gloves. We will not be able to provide these at our courses.

Sun Cream

We recommend that you provide your child with sun cream, particularly during summer courses, as participants may be out in the sun for a few hours each day.


Ensure that you child is provided with any medical equipment if required.


Pompey in the Community is committed to the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people who are the under care or utilising the facilities. It is the duty of all adults working to safeguard the welfare of children and young people by creating an environment that protects them from harm.

The aims of Pompey in the Community Safeguarding Children Policy are to:

  • Safeguard all children and young people who interact with Pompey in the Community.
  • Demonstrate best practice in the area of Safeguarding children.
  • Positively reflect and promote the Club Values (Pioneers, Confident Custodians, Action Orientated, Open & Inclusive and Service Excellence) in regard to safeguarding children.
  • Develop a positive and pro-active welfare programme to enable all children and young people to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.
  • Encourage parents and other members of the child or young person’s family to be involved in a positive relationship with the Club.
  • Ensure that coaches, parents and other adults who come in contact with children and young people provide good role models of behaviour.
  • Promote high ethical standards throughout the Club.

Pompey in the Community full safeguarding policy is available upon request from

For any safeguarding questions, please contact

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions ("terms") apply to any course provided by us that is booked via ("website"). Please read the terms carefully before making a booking because you will be bound by them once a contract comes into effect between you and us in accordance with clause 2. By filling out the booking form and clicking "continue" you are deemed to agree to these terms.

1. Information about us

1.1. References in these Terms to "we" or "us" are references to Pompey in the Community (Charity Number 1126118)

1.2. You can contact us if you have queries in relation to your Booking or for any other reason on 02392 728899, email

2. Your Booking

2.1. By filling out a booking form via the Website and clicking "Book Course" you are submitting a request to book a place on the specified course. All requests are subject to acceptance by us and we will confirm such acceptance to you by sending an email to the address that you provide during the booking process to confirm the details of the booking and that payment has been taken via your chosen payment method ("Booking Confirmation").

2.2. At the point we send the Booking Confirmation a legally binding agreement is formed between you and us on these Terms ("Agreement"). The Agreement is always conditional on payment being authorised by your card issuer or bank.

2.3. The Course Details are subject to change at any point up to the start of the Course and we advise you to check the Website regularly. If we have to make changes to the Course Details less than 7 days before the Course start date where possible we will also notify you of this directly.

2.4. By making a booking you warrant that you are at least eighteen years of age and a UK resident.

3. Course Fee and Payment

3.1. Except in the case of manifest error, the fee payable for the Course that you book is the fee for this Course stated on the Website when you make your booking ("Course Fee").

3.2. The Course Fee must be paid in pounds sterling using a credit or debit card via the Website at the time of booking. We accept payment with cards including; MasterCard, Maestro and Visa. You confirm that the credit or debit card details which are being used are yours. All payment details you provide will be subject to validation checks and authorisation by the bank or card issuer.

3.3. Our payment service providers will process your payment on a secure site. We reserve the right to refuse credit or debit card payments in our reasonable discretion.

4. If we have to cancel a Course

4.1. If we have to cancel a Course we will let you know as soon as possible and will try to offer a place on an alternative course of the same value wherever possible. If we are unable to provide an alternative course we will offer you a full refund.

5. If you have to cancel a Booking

5.1. To cancel a Booking and terminate this send us an e-mail explaining that you would like to cancel and stating your name and the Course Details to the "info@" contact set out in Clause 1 above.

5.2. If you cancel a Booking prior to the start date of the Course we will attempt to transfer your booking to another course of equivalent or lesser value subject to availability. We may then offer you a "e-credit" for you to use on a course in the future but this is solely down to our discretion.

6. Special Offers

6.1.From time to time we make certain special offers available. Full details of the offer and any specific terms and conditions that apply to the offer will be available on the Website.

7. Our Staff

7.1. We confirm that all our coaching staff have been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously CRB checks) and hold suitable coaching and first aid qualifications. Please see the Website for further information.

8. Photographs

8.1. Please note that from time to time we may take pictures of the children who take part in a Course and these photographs may be used for promotional purposes by the Scheme and/or the football club associated with the Scheme. If you do not wish your child to be photographed please notify the "info@" contact set out in Clause 1 above.

9. Liability

9.1. In the absence of any negligence on our part, participation in the Course is at your own risk ("Disclaimer").

9.2. We have public liability insurance cover of at least £5 million.

9.3. We do not accept liability for loss or theft of personal belongings that occurs while on the Course. If your child brings valuables with them this will be at your risk.

10. Complaints

10.1. We are committed to ensuring your child has a great experience but if you or your child is not entirely happy with its experience please contact the Head Coach of the Course in the first instance. If your complaint has not been resolved to your satisfaction please contact us using the contact details in Clause 1 with full details of the complaint and we will attempt to resolve it as quickly as possible.

11. Safeguarding

11.1. Pompey in the Community shall comply at all times in the running of the Sessions with its Safeguarding Policy, a copy of which is available on the Pompey in the Community website, and shall comply with the Children Act 2004 and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

12. Medical / Dietary / Other Requirements

12.1. If any child included on your Booking:

(a). has specific dietary requirements;

(b). is taking medication;

(c). has allergies; and/or

(d). has any special needs that will affect his or her participation in the Course

it is your responsibility to inform us of this and provide all necessary details about this at the time of Booking.

12.2. Please note that our staff are not permitted to take responsibility for or to administer medicines and therefore you are responsible for ensuring any medicine is available and taken correctly.

12.3. We will maintain a register of children attending each Course. Please note that it is your responsibility to sign in at the beginning of each day of your course and to provide us with details of whoever will be collecting your child at the end of the day.

13. Discipline

13.1. Children attending our Courses will be treated with respect and must treat others with respect. We reserve the right to terminate this Agreement and refuse to allow your child to continue attending a Course if our staff deem their behaviour to be unacceptable.

14. Data Protection

14.1. The Website is operated by Sports Fusion. When you make a booking via the Website Sports Fusion will collect and process the personal information you provide in order to provide the services you have requested and for other specific purposes subject to your consent. To learn more about what information is collected, the measures Sports Fusion puts in place to protect this information and how it is used we advise you to read the Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

15. General

15.1. We can transfer any of our rights or obligations arising under this Agreement to another person at any time, but this will not affect your rights. You may not transfer your rights or obligations arising under this Agreement without our prior written consent.

15.2. If any court or competent authority decides that any of the provisions of this Agreement are invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, the term will, to that extent only, be severed from the remaining terms, which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.

15.3. These Terms and the Disclaimer set out the whole of the Agreement between you and us in relation to the subject matter of this Agreement and supersede any prior agreement, understanding or arrangement between us about such subject matter whether oral or in writing.

15.4. This Agreement shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

For any Safeguarding Children concerns or issues, please contact:

Portsmouth Football Club Children’s Services Officer 

Portsmouth Football Club Foundation (company number 4573248) registered in England with registered charity number 1111639 and registered office at Portsmouth FC Training Ground, Portsmouth.