Portsmouth football club celebrates goal

Find out more about our partnership with Portsmouth Football Club

We're the Main Club Partner of Portsmouth Football Club (PFC), one of the best known and most well-loved organisations in the city. This relationship began with the 2018/19 season. In 2021, we were thrilled to expand our sponsorship so it includes both the Men’s and Women’s teams. It’s a natural extension of our education partnership.

We’re collaborating with the club because we share the same ambitions:

  • We want to play a key role in the economic, educational and cultural life of our city and region
  • We want to increase participation in higher education throughout the city
  • We’re proud to be part of Portsmouth and we want to increase awareness

As a leading university in England for sports science, it is a natural fit for us to work together with Portsmouth Football Club. We are ambitious for the success of the University, the Club and our great city.

Professor Graham Galbraith, University of Portsmouth Vice-Chancellor

Proud to be Portsmouth

Benefits of the partnership

Working together means we help the community and each other in many different ways:

  • We inspire young people to get into higher education by visiting colleges and schools together. In 2019, we took along the Checkatrade (EFL) Trophy on school visits
  • Our students work with PFC staff on collaborative research projects. One of our PhD students is working with the club on the diagnosis of acute lower limb injuries
  • We share our facilities with each other – the club uses University pitches for out-of-season training
  • We promote each other by publicising our partnership and our brands
  • University staff and students get discounted match tickets for all PFC’s home League One matches

Education is the foundation of a prosperous community and by working together, we can encourage young people to consider futures they may not have believed achievable in the past.

Professor Graham Galbraith, University of Portsmouth Vice-Chancellor

Work experience for students

The club benefits from our students' input through work placements, while our students gain valuable experience including:

  • Match filming for the big screen at the club's Fratton Park stadium, operating cameras and carrying out vision mixing
  • Part-time work in hospitality, the club shop and stewarding on match days
  • Work placements in the club's coaching academy for undergraduate and postgraduate Sport and Exercise Science students
  • Our dental students give dental health checks to academy players at the start of the football season

Being part of the city of Portsmouth as chairman of their football club, while having a close relationship with a high-quality university is a magic combination.

Michael Eisner, Portsmouth Football Club Chairman