Community

  • Tartaraghan BB Visit to Shamrock Park for Glenavon Fixture
On Saturday 21st January 2017, local BB group from Tartaraghan visted Shamrock Park to take in the mid-Ulster Derby with Glenavon.  We hope the lads and their leaders enjoyed the game.
  • Portadown Church Groups visit to Shamrock Park for Linfield Fixture
On Saturday 28th November, Edenderry Presbyterian Lads, Dads and Grandads group and Seagoe Church Lads Brigade visited Shamrock Park. Taking in the Portadown v Linfield game, both groups enjoyed the game and the result! We hope to have both groups back to Shamrock soon.
Due to other commitments Gordon Woolsey had to step down from his role as PFC Community Relations Officer, we thank him greatly for his contribution. Congratulations to Gordon and Rhiannon on the recent birth of their daughter.
Any group interested in attending a game at Shamrock Park can contact PFC Community Relations Liaisons Officer, Jordan Ritchie at:
Email: pfccommunity@outlook.com
Mobile: 07856712214
Edenderry Presbyterian Lads, Dads & Grandads. 28-11-15 Seagoe Church Lads Brigade 28-11-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Portadown YMCA visit to Shamrock Park 

On Saturday 7th March, Portadown YMCA visited Shamrock Park to watch the Ports v Glentoran.  For some of these girls, it was their very first time in shamrock, they really enjoyed the game which ended 1-1.  We hope to have the YMCA back at Shamrock sometime soon.

Pictured are leaders: Sharyn Hopper and Joanne Braynon along with PFC Community Relations Liaison Officer, Gordon Woolsey

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  • Clann Eireann Youth Club visit to Shamrock Park 

Firstly on behalf of Clann Eireann Youth Club I would like to thank yourself and Portadown FC for a great day.  We were made to feel so welcome by both home and away support.  It is a credit to your club that they have people like yourself working towards breaking divides in or communities.  I am sure in the near future that you may see more young men and woman from the north lurgan community joining in on match days to cheer on Portadown FC.  Once again thank you for the great gift you supplied the youth club with (signed ball by Cliftonville FC) and finally thank you for a great day out, best wishes,

Marty Magennis (Clann Eireann Youth Club, Lurgan)

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  • Community Intercultural Programme and BNL Productions

Community Intercultural Programme and BNL Productions, as part of a cross community CURBS (Communities Unite in Reconciling and Building Society youth project, working with clubs from both the Protestant and Roman Catholic communities in Portadown, worked alongside Gordon Woolsey (Community Relations Liaison Officer) to produce a random acts of kindness dvd during a match day v Glentoran on Saturday 29th November 2014, when the young people made and give out free tea, coffee, mince pies and shortbread.  The young people give out over 500 buns and drinks!

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  • Goal Line Youth Trust  Visits Shamrock

Goal Line Youth Trust who attended the Portadown match on Saturday 25th October 2014 against Coleraine at Shamrock Park.  The group were given a tour of the ground although the result didn’t go the Ports way!

Maxine Chambers (leader from Goal Line) is pictured along with PFC Community Relations liaison officer, Gordon Woolsey.

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  • Edenderry Group Visits Shamrock

On Saturday 18th October 2014, Edenderry Presbyterian Lads, Dads & Granda’s group came along to watch Portadown v Ballymena at Shamrock Park.

The trip was organised by Robert Chambers (back right) along with Portadown Football Club Community Relations Officer, Gordon Woolsey.

Everyone who attended had a great day and are looking forward to coming back another day to Shamrock!

 

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  • Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2013

The collection at Monday nights match against Glenavon was on behalf of the Royal British Legion 2013 Poppy Appeal. This year, the Legion’s national fundraising target is a record-breaking £42 million, so this is going to be the biggest Poppy Appeal ever.Northern Ireland is going to play a huge part in this. The aim is to raise £1.3 million and show the strength of support for the Armed Forces family across all our communities. “All money collected will go towards providing vital support for the Armed Forces and their families, so we would like to thank all fans who contributed to the collection.” Said a Legion spokesman.

Down through the years there have been several Portadown FC players who have enlisted and below is the roll of honour-

Portadown FC Roll of Honour

  • George McFadden of Castle Island House, Garvaghy Road enlisted on 23rd June 1915. He was wounded on the night of 22/23 March 1916 and died of wounds on 27th March 1916 in Belgium. His brother William was also the goalkeeper for Portadown.
  • William Robb of 69 Garvaghy Road was a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force and enlisted in Portadown. He was killed in action on 1st July 1916 while serving with the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers. William was one of 240 members of his battalion killed at Hamel on that first day of the Somme campaign.
  • James Lamb of 27 Foundry Street enlisted in Co. Donegal.  He was killed in action on 21st March 1918 in France.   He has no known grave.
  • Richard Currie of Water Street enlisted in Portadown on 1st September 1914. He died on 8th April 1918 from an illness incurred at Salonika in Greece, having previously been wounded during the Gallipoli campaign.
  • Henry Kane, was killed when his ship was torpedoed on the night of 21st June 1940. Harry was badly injured with shrapnel wounds to the head and chest. He was lifted onto a life raft but on the night of 21st/22nd June the life raft was overcome by severe weather conditions with 13 men on board. He was a former trainer for Portadown before the war.
  • Joseph Rooney, signed for Portadown when he came to Northern Ireland in the middle of the 1940/41 season. The Wolverhampton Wanderers defender was killed during the Belfast Blitz in May 1941.
  • Robert Montgomery, was killed in action when his Lancaster bomber was shot down over France returning from a bombing mission in Germany on 27th April 1944.

“We Will Remember Them”

  • Craigavon ATC

As part of PFC’s commitment to working with the local community we welcomed along to our match against Glenavon members of the Craigavon ACT Group.  Craigavon ACT is a coalition of concerned citizens, faith and community groups who aim to stop the injustice of human trafficking for exploitation within the Borough of Craigavon.

The group handed out over 1000 flyers highlighting the fact.

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  • Newmills After Eights: Sept 28th 2013 

As part of our ongoing community work we were delighted to have the Newmills After Eights as our community guests for our League Cup encounter against Lisburn Distillery.
A spokesman for the group later stated-

On behalf of all the boys at Newmills After Eights I’d just like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to Gareth Verner and Portadown FC for making us so welcome at the game on Tuesday night.
We all had a fantastic night seeing a great game with plenty of goals .
I was asked several times on the way home if we could do it again another night.
Once again, a big thanks and we wish you and the club all the best .
Many thanks

 

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  • Buddy Bear Trust: Sept 28th 2013 

after eightsAt Saturdays game against Glentoran a Charity Bucket collection took place for the Buddy Bear Trust.  The Buddy Bear Trust charity was formed in 1988 in response to the pleas of parents of severely disabled children with cerebral palsy who wanted Conductive Education to give their children a chance of greater independence.

The community raised funds and in 1993 opened the only independent Conductive Education School in Dungannon to try to serve the needs of the hundreds of children with cerebral palsy in NI.

Portadown FC and the Ted Clarke Memorial Trust are delighted to be involved in raising awareness and vital funds for such a worthwhile charity.

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As part of our work of reaching out to other sections of local community we translated our match advertising for the home game against Glenavon into Polish. We also distributed some free Kids tickets into the local Polish shops in town.

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  • Autumn Fest of Food and Fashion: Sept 27th 2013

The Ted Clarke Memorial Trust teamed up with the Save the Children charity to present an ‘Autumn Fest of Food and Fashion’. Television cook and writer Jenny Bristow served up some culinary delights over two nights to a packed Seagoe Parish Centre, helping to raise a significant sum for the two Charities.
Serveral local businesses joined forces to put on the food and fashion shows with several attendees heading home with some Culinary delights made on the night.

A spokesman for the Ted Clarke Memorial Trust stated- ‘ We are delighted at the turnout over the 2 evenings and all in support of charity and local good causes, we would like to thank all of our sponsors on the night, Jenny Bristow, David Maginnis (Photographer) and of course Seagoe Church for the use of their excellent venue and facilities.

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  • Southern Area Hospice Charity Collection

Saturday 14th September 2013 at our home game against Dungannon Swifts saw a bucket collection take place on behalf of the Southern Area Hospice. Local man Cedric Livingstone is an ardent fundraiser for such a worthwhile Charity and Portadown FC are delighted to add our backing to Cedric on his fundraising drive.

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  • Portadown Integrated Ladies Team Collection

At our game on Saturday 7th September 2013 a bucket collection took place for our ladies team – Portadown Integrated Ladies.

The Ladies team manager – Emma Hamill stated, ‘ we are delighted with the donations to our collection and all the messages of support from the Portadown fans at the end of a long and successful season for us.’

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  • Portadown Cares – Charity Collection

At our home game against Ards FC, on Saturday 24th August 2013,  we held a bucket collection for local charity – Portadown Cares. Community spokesman Gareth Verner said, ‘ As part of our commitment to charity work, we are delighted to be helping such a great local cause and through this local charity local people will benefit’.

Pictured below before the collection are David and Cathy from Portadown Cares.

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  • Autumn Fest of Food and Fashion

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The Ted Clarke Memorial Trust in conjunction with Save the Children, Jenny Bristow, Joli Designer Clothing and local businesses are delighted to announce An “Autumn Fest of Food and Fashion”. The evenings will take place in the Seagoe Parish Centre on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th September starting at 7.30pm.  These evenings will raise funds for Save the Children and the Ted Clarke Memorial Trust, by supporting local Charities and good causes.

Please come along with family, friends and enjoy the fun, atmosphere and support worthy causes.

Tickets priced at £15 are available at Sitara Morgan – 10 West Street Portadown, or call Gareth 07894 881053, Edith 07851 390307 or by emailing community@portadownfc.co.uk, or on Facebook at PFC Community.

  • Ports v Dungannon – Charity Collection – NI Childrens Hospice

 

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Today’s match bucket collection is in aid of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is the only service of its type within Northern Ireland caring for children and young people with very complex needs.

Local business Wilsons Auctions are entering 2 very willing, and mostly able, teams from their Portadown branch into this year’s Belfast City Marathon which takes place on Monday 6th May 2013.  Portadown Football Club are delighted, as part of their Community Outreach Group to back their fundraising for such a worthwhile cause.

 

  • MS Society Collection this Saturday
This Saturdays charity collection will be on behalf of the MS Society.  Please give generously to this very worthwhile charity.
Here’s what your valuable donation goes towards:
2013 is the year to beat MS. Can you help?
This year the MS Society celebrate their 60th anniversary.  This is an opportunity for the MS Society to celebrate with its members, people affected by MS, volunteers (past and present), staff and you – our supporters!
During the last 60 years we’ve achieved a lot but we know there is more to do.
With your help we continue to support people with MS and their families, fund research and campaign for change until we achieve our aim: to beat MS.

What is MS?

M.S. is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the U.K.   There are approximately 4,000 people in Northern Ireland living with the condition.   It mostly affects people of between the age of 20 – 40 but can affect younger and older people too.

The Portadown & Craigavon branch have about 90 members, both sufferers and carers.We meet once a month in the Seagoe Hotel for a meal & get together, there is also weekly yoga sessions in the Portadown Swimming Pool every Friday Morning.

 

  • PFC Community Outreach Group Wins Award

At the Inaugural Pride of Craigavon Community Awards held by Craigavon Borough Council last night- Portadown FC’s Community Outreach Group beat of competition from all the other Community Groups based in the borough to pick up the Best Community Event.

This Award was for the clubs Community Funday held in July last year.

Pictured is the Chief Executive of Craigavon Borough Council Dr Theresa Donaldson and Gareth Verner (PFC Community Outreach Group)

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  • MS Society Collection

At the recent Portadown v Ballymena Utd game the PFC Community Outreach Group organised a bucket collection on behalf of the MS Society.

Gareth Verner of PFC COG is pictured with members of the Society who took part in the collection.

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  • Bucket Collection for Craigavon Area Hospital Childrens Ward

At the Portadown v Glenavon game on Saturday a bucket collection took place for the Children’s Ward at Craigavon Area Hospital in aid of new equipment for the ward.

Pictured below are ward Staff Faith Farrell and Emma Herron along with Gareth Verner (PFC Community Outreach Group).

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  • SENSE Collection at Cup Fixture against Ards

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This weeks charity collection at Shamrock Park is for Sense.  Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.

It was established out of a family support group that was started in 1955 by parents whose children were born with rubella, and the experience, skills and views of families remain central to their work.

What they do

Deafblindness refers to a combination of sight and hearing impairment which causes difficulties in a range of areas including communication, access to information and mobility.

Sense offer high-quality, flexible services across the UK, using skilled staff and a dedicated network of volunteers. They work with a wide range of deafblind and multi-sensory impaired people, as well as those who have a single-sensory impairment with additional needs.  They offer specialist services built around the wishes of each person they support and enable them to be as independent as possible.

They work with children, young people, adults and older people with a progressive sight and hearing loss, offering a range of housing, educational and leisure opportunities.

Sense also offer support to all deafblind people in both the congenital and acquired deafblind communities, not just those who receive direct support and services from them.

http://www.sense.org.uk/content/who-we-are-and-what-we-do

 

 
  • Excellent Response to Samaritans Collection

Local charity, The Samaritans, have issued a big thankyou to Portadown fans for their generosity following the bucket collection last Saturday at the home league fixture against Glentoran.   The Samaritans are providing valuable support to the clubs reserve and thirds team this season and the club are keen to help in any way they can to raise awareness of the charity amongst football supporters and indeed players.

 

  • Letter from Checkemlads to PFC

 

To everyone involved with Portadown Football club

Thank you all for your donations and support recently. We are a small charity of voluntary cancer survivors who are trying to spread awareness of testicular cancer and also help men who are going through this illness.

We admire Richard Clarke and his family for having such a fantastic attitude throughout his recent time with cancer. The chemotherapy for testicular cancer is one of the strongest and it is a rollercoaster ride for the people being treated with it, But Richard is an amazing man and took on his cancer with great strength and courage.

Please learn from Richard and check your testicles once a month as it is most common in men under 35. You can learn how to check and find out more about us at our video website www.checkemlads.co.uk  or our information website www.checkemlads.com 

 Phil Morris. Mark Porter. Mick Riley MBE. Simon Shakeshaft.

  • Ever wanted to be a camera operator at live football matches?
 

The PFC Community Outreach Group have linked up with BNL Productions to offer a unique opportunity for anyone interested in media production.

In January 2013 BNL Productions will train a group of young people in how to install and operate the cameras, cables, vision desk and monitors.  Training will take place over a period of 5 sessions during January and early February 2013.

On the final day BNL will set up all the camera gear and equipment, ready to film the match in Shamrock Park, Portadown alongside the BBC.   This will then be streamed live.   A highlights programme will then be put together for broadcast on the Portadown FC website.

If you’re interested contact BNL Productions by clicking on the advert below and fill in your details on their webpage.  Deadline for applicants is the 6th January 2013.

  • PFC Community Outreach Group brings Christmas Cheer to Children in Craigavon Area Hospital

On Wednesday12th December 2012, Portadown FC’s Community Outreach Group organised the annual visit to the Childrens Ward of Craigavon Area Hospital.   Club officials, players and members of the Outreach Group brought toys and gifts for the many patients that were on the ward at this festive time.

Ronnie McFall and the players, including Sean Mackle, Ross Redman and Matthew Paget, took time out to speak to the children and spent time posing for photos and signing autographs.  A spokesperson for the group added, “Its always a pleasure for the us to make this annual visit to the Childrens Ward and we hope the gifts bring some cheer to the kids at a difficult time, and help them on their way back to recovery”.

 

 

  • Eden Reds Make Presentation of £1400 to Checkemlads
Portadown FC’s Eden Reds Supporters Club have taken part in “Movember” to raise funds for Checkemlads and to further enhance the relationship between the Football Club and the Testicular Cancer Charity.  Several members took part and raised a total of £1400 for the charity.  Eden Reds would like to thank everyone who sponsored/donated to the members who took part.
A cheque was presented to Richard Clarke on behalf of the Checkemlads charity at yesterdays home match against Glentoran.

 

  • Community Outreach Group – Save the Children Collection

At the recent Portadown v Linfield game the PFC Community Outreach Group organised a bucket collection on behalf of Save the Children.  The charity’s local President, Edith Jamison, sent the following letter of thanks on behalf of the charity:

Portadown Save the Children would like to thank the supporters at the recent Portadown v Linfield Match who contributed to the gate collection and raised £384.65.  We are indebted to all who supported our charity, enabling us to raise vital funds to help the most vulnerable and underprivileged children at home and abroad, and it is also on their behalf I say a huge thank you.

Edith Jamison

President

  • RBL Poppy Appeal 2012

The collection at Saturday’s match against Ballinamallard will be on behalf of the Royal British Legion 2012 Poppy Appeal. This year, the Legion’s national fundraising target is a record-breaking £42 million, so this is going to be the biggest Poppy Appeal ever.Northern Ireland is going to play a huge part in this. The aim is to raise £1.3 million and show the strength of support for the Armed Forces family across all our communities. All money collected will go towards providing vital support for the Armed Forces and their families, so we ask that you support Saturday’s collection at Shamrock Park and give generously so that we can help raise as much as possible for the 2012 Poppy Appeal.”

Portadown FC Roll of Honour

  • George McFadden of Castle Island House, Garvaghy Road enlisted on 23rd June 1915. He was wounded on the night of 22/23 March 1916 and died of wounds on 27th March 1916 in Belgium. His brother William was also the goalkeeper for Portadown.
  • William Robb of 69 Garvaghy Road was a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force and enlisted in Portadown. He was killed in action on 1st July 1916 while serving with the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers. William was one of 240 members of his battalion killed at Hamel on that first day of the Somme campaign.
  • James Lamb of 27 Foundry Street enlisted in Co. Donegal.  He was killed in action on 21st March 1918 in France.   He has no known grave.
  • Richard Currie of Water Street enlisted in Portadown on 1st September 1914. He died on 8th April 1918 from an illness incurred at Salonika in Greece, having previously been wounded during the Gallipoli campaign.
  • Henry Kane, was killed when his ship was torpedoed on the night of 21st June 1940. Harry was badly injured with shrapnel wounds to the head and chest. He was lifted onto a life raft but on the night of 21st/22nd June the life raft was overcome by severe weather conditions with 13 men on board. He was a former trainer for Portadown before the war.
  • Joseph Rooney, signed for Portadown when he came to Northern Ireland in the middle of the 1940/41 season. The Wolverhampton Wanderers defender was killed during the Belfast Blitz in May 1941.
  • Robert Montgomery, was killed in action when his Lancaster bomber was shot down over France returning from a bombing mission in Germany on 27th April 1944.

“We Will Remember Them”

 

 

  • Get Those Moustaches Growing – Its “Movember” Time
 Portadown FC’s Eden Reds Supporters Club are taking part in Movember to raise funds for Richard Clarke’s chosen Testicular Cancer charity – Checkemlads.  Here is some info on what is needed to take part –
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the spouting of moustaches on thousands of mens faces in the UK and around the world.  The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for mens health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Those taking part must be clean shaven on the 1st November.  For the entire month of November you must grow and groom a moustache. There is to be no joining of the moustache to the sideburns (thats considered a beard), theres to be no joining of the handlebars to the chin (thats considered a goatee) simple as that.
Anyone wishing to get a sponsor form contact a member of Eden Reds, email community@portadownfc.co.uk or  contact the clubs twitter account @portadownfc
Eden Reds would encourage everyone to take part in Movember, you don’t have to be a member of Eden Reds to take part.
We hope as many  as possible join us in this very worthwhile cause and help raise funds for Checkemlads.

 

 

  • Scotch Street Youth Club – Fundraising Drive 

Scotch Street Youth Club were recent guests of Portadown FC and took in the home game against Donegal Celtic.   The club also took up a bucket collection and raised a total of £209.34 towards the cost of new facilities in the Scotch Street area.   The club currently use Richmount Primary School on a Monday evenings for Junior & Senior Youth Club and, whilst the club leaders appreciate the use of the school, it is not ideal as they have to store all their equipment in a container and set up and tidy up each week.

SSYC is a cross community youth club and accepts young people from any background or ability.  The young people want a centre to call their own, to put their stamp on it and be able to come and go as they please.

The club hope to raise enough money to build their own youth centre in Scotch Street which will be open 6 days a week and for all ages.  They have been successful in securing £2,500 from O2 Think Bigger and are fundraising to collect another £12,500 towards their target of £15,000.  They have been given a boost  by local businessman Mr Don Woolsey who has donated a portion of land for building.

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  • Lads, Dads & Grandads Enjoy Ports Hospitality 

Friday nights Danske Bank Premier League match against Crusaders saw the visit to Shamrock Park of local Presbyterian group – Lads, Dads and Grandads as guest of the PFC Community Outreach Group

Robbie Chambers writes on behalf of Lads, Dads & Granddads.

Thanks are due to the support staff of Portadown FC, Mr Stephen Winter and Mr Garth Verner for their kind invitation and arrangements to attend this football match. We wish Ronnie and all the team best wishes for the new season and much success.

Lads, Dads and GrandDads is a “men’s ministry” of our local church, First Portadown Presbyterian, situated in Edenderry.  We encourage the men to meet for a good variety of events including football, cycling, karting, film nights etc and to be active in the life and ministry of our church.  This includes attending church, supporting our youth organizations and a very popular early morning prayer meeting!  We strive to be good citizens and role models for our boys engendering a spirit of fair play and encouraging a healthy lifestyle in an often difficult world.  We have set out our 2012-2013 calendar of events. If anyone wishes to join us on any of our activities please do not hesitate to contact us at the church office ( 028 38393773 or by e-mail:  mail@firstportadown.org )

Thank you again – enjoy your football

 

  • Relay for Life- Bucket Collection 

At Fridays match against Crusaders, a bucket collection was arranged by the PFC Community Outreach Group for Relay for Life.  Relay for life is an inspirational overnight event that honours cancer survivors and celebrates life. Bringing you and your community together to beat cancer.

Cancer Research UK is the worlds leading Charity dedicated to beating cancer through research.  Every pound raised through this Relay for Life event helps Cancer Research UK fund researchh into many different types of cancer. On the day the total raised was £196.  Find out more by visiting www.relay.cancerresearchuk.org

 

 

  • Ports Tie Up New Sponsorship Deal with local Samaritans Charity

Portadown have tied up a new one year kit sponsorship deal with local charity The Samaritans.  The local Samaritans will be sponsoring the Reserve and Third team kits for the 2012-13 season.   Its an exciting venture and one which the charity hopes will raise their profile amongst younger players and supporters both at the club and beyond.

Portadown FC are extremely pleased to welcome The Samaritans on board and hope to repay their investment over the coming season by inviting them to hold collections on a number of matchdays.

Representatives from The Samaritans show off the new Reserve and Thirds Kit along with Portadown FC Sponsorship Committee members and players from the Thirds team

 

 

  • FC Kickback v Northern Ireland Veterans

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On Wednesday 12th September 2012 Portadown FC hosted a match between FC Kickback and the Northern Ireland Veterans team. FC Kickback is a team that has been set up as part of a ‘Kickback Football Project’ and this project has been delivered by Craigavon Borough Council for the last 5 months. Kickback, delivered through National Lottery and DSD Neighbourhood Renewal funding, aims to use football as a tool to combat negative mental health aspects that are associated with being young and unemployed/underemployed. The project has been running from April 2012 and we have 24 young men aged 16-24 from Portadown taking part.

This match is the end of the 1st of 3 phases.
Phase 1 sees the participants attending the project 2 evenings per week to take part in football coaching sessions, membership of a fitness suite, along with nutrition, Physiotherapy and Group Psychology sessions. This phase also saw the participants form a competitive football squad (FC Kickback) and playing a series of pre-season friendly games aginst local Mid-Ulster League teams. During this phase the group came up with a team name, selecting a training and playing kit and designed the club logo.

Claire Weir (Community Sports Development CBC), Seamus Heath (NI Vets. Captain), Andrew Mcdonald (Referee), Arnold Hatch (CBC), Damian Lawless (FC Kickback Captain), Gareth Verner (PFC Community Outreach Group)

The match ended in a 2-1 victory for FC Kickback and Portadown FC would like to wish the squad all the best for the future as they embark on Phase 2 of their project.
  • Ski-Ability NI Visit Shamrock Park
On Friday 24th August 2012 Portadown FC’s Community Outreach Group organised a bucket collection for Ski-Ability NI which took place at our home game against Coleraine FC. Ski-Ability Ni is a local based group who’s members are made up of people with hearing difficulties, blindness and Downs Syndrome. Three  members of this group have been selected to represent Ireland at the World Games in Korea in January 2013.
Pictured in the PFC Boardroom are Trevor Marshall (PFC Director), Patrick Marshall, Gareth Verner (PFC Community Outreach), Peter Hunniford (PFC Sponsorship), athletes, Rosalind Connolly, Lucy Best, Ryan Hill and their coach Jill.
Portadown FC are delighted to be associated with this group and we would like to wish all 3 members the very best at the fothcoming games.
  • Checkemlads Mark Porter Conquers Snowdon

Today Mark Porter, from Testicular Cancer Charity – Checkemlads, climbed Snowdon as a fundraiser for the charity.  Mark did the climb in the new ports shirt as a morale booster for Ports midfielder Richard Clarke to whom he has been providing support and advice during his illness.

Congratulations to Mark for reaching the summit and many thanks for this continued support for Richard during his ongoing treatment.

If anyone has any concerns about testicular cancer  feel free to contact Mark at mark@checkemlads.com

Mark pictured at the top of Snowdon.

  • Checkemlads Charity Collection

At the recent Portadown FC games against Knockbreda and Shkendija Totovo a bucket collection was held for the Checkemlads Testicular Cancer Charity who have been providing help and support to Richard Clarke.     The total raised from the collection was £467.63.

It is Richards wish that any money lifted go direct to the Checkemlads charity which was set up by survivors supporting and protecting young men who are going through treatment for Testicular Cancer.

Mark Porter from Checkemlads said –

“The money Portadown FC have raised for us has been fantastic, we are a charity made up of Testicular Cancer survivors who try and raise awareness of Testicular Cancer and give support to those facing this battle.  I’ve been in regular contact with Richard and explaining the different stages of treatment he will get and I hope we have been of some help to him.  Thanks to Gareth Verner, the players, Officials and supporters of Portadown FC for the support they have shown us and especially Richard.  Good luck for this incoming season!!

Further to this I plan to climb Mount Snowden on 12th August and I will be wearing the new Portadown top with Clarke 8 on the back so anyone wishing to sponsor me for this can do so at justgiving.com/Mark-Portero

 

 
  • CCo Armagh Boys Turn on the Style at Shamrock Park

Saturday afternoon saw two matches from this years Milk Cup competiion played at Shamrock Park.  In the Junior section Co Armagh held CSK Moscow to a 2-2 draw after going in at the break 2-nil up.  It was a great performance from the boys and should give them confidence in the rest of this years matches.

In the Premier section, the Co Armagh lads had an impressive 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.  Both matches were played in front of a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters who packed into the MET STEEL stand.   This is the first time in the competions history that matches have been played outside the traditional north coast area and the organisers were sure to have been impressed with the way the public responded to their initiative.

 

 

 
  • Community Fun Day a Huge Success

Portadown FC Community Fun Day took place on Saturday 21st July 2012 in glorious sunshine at Shamrock Park.  Youngsters and their parents throughly enjoyed the events on offer and the free burgers and refreshments were quickly dispatched.  The 5-a-side football was as competitive as ever, but played in a great spirit of sportsmanship.  The bouncy castles and facepainters were constantly busy and the IFA penalty kick wall was well supported.   It was clear from the expressions of the children that they were clearly enjoying themselves.

Portadown FC’s Community Outreach Group would like to thank for contributing to the success on the day, Hunky Dory’s, Linwoods, Cirrus Plastics, Elliotts Tradition, P&G foods (Eurospar), Carla Lockhart (Mayor of Craigavon), Craigavon Borough Council, Craigavon Sports Advisory Council, Keith Gibson of I.F.A Grassroots, Happy Dayz, St Marys FC, Lurgan Town Boys FC, Portadown Youth, Community Police, Fire Service and all the volunteers who assisted on the day.

  • Community Group Visit

On Tuesday 10th July Portadown FC played Shkendija Totovo in the Europa League 1st round 2nd leg Qualifier at Shamrock Park. Guests of the Portadown Outreach Group for this match was a group from the Drop Inn Youth Club based in Highfield in Craigavon. The 28 strong group was made up of youth from Portadown, Richhill, Armagh, Dublin, Kilwilkie in Lurgan and members of the Travelling Community and they were accompnied by Ian Liggett (Youth Leader). Also included in the picture is Gareth Verner (Community Relations Chairman PFC) and Simon Eakin (Sponsorship Chairman PFC). The Portadown Outreach Group (Portadown FC) will be inviting more youth groups/organisations to matches throughout the season. Any group wishing to avail please contact communityrelations@portadownfc.co.uk

  • Cheque presentation to Moving Mountains Charity

At the Portadown FC end of season dinner 25th May 2012 a Signed George Best football was auctioned in aid of Moving Mountains Charity. The ball was used when Best played for a Annagh United Select side against Oxford United at Chambers Park Portadown. The ball was donated to the charity by local businesswoman Delia Aston from Clubworld Travel Portadown. The auction on the night raised £250 for the charity. The charity is taking local young people out to Kenya next year to do charity work which will include building a school and working with the locals. Susan Parks collected the cheque on behalf of Moving Mountains from Gareth Verner of the Portadown Outreach Group.

  • Jamie Knight – Football Demonstration

Portadown fans were well entertained both before kick-off and during the half-time interval at Saturdays the Coleraine fixture as Jamie Knight gave a demonstration of his soccer skills.
Jamie produced a dazzling display which had the crowds in awe of his brilliant footballing skills. Heres a selection of photos showing Jamies repertoire.

  • Falkirk Visitors Warmly Received

Following on from the recent visit by a Ports delegation to Falkirk FC, two representatives from the Scottish Club were guests of honour at the weekend for the fixture with Coleraine. Tom Elliott and Craig McPherson were invited by the PFC board to view the facilities on offer at Shamrock Park and to exchange ideas about the development of the Ports Youth Academy. Both men were warmly received in a packed boardroom after the Coleraine match and were presented with gifts to mark the occasion by Portadown Chairman Roy McMahon and Sponsorship Director Cyril Connolly.

  • Ports Youth Training Session at Churchhill Park

On Friday night (10th February 2012) Portadown Youth held an open training session at the new M.U.G.A in Churchill Park Portadown. This was an open session for all the kids in the area to come and participate in. Gary McCullough and Nigel Armstrong from the Portadown Youth took the session.

 

 

The senior club lend their support for the worthwhile venture in the form of manager Ronnie McFall, directors Cyril Connolly and Ronnie Stinson, Simon Eakin (Sponsorship) and Gareth Verner (Community Relations).  Also pictured is Darren Greene (C.B.C) and local resident Margaret Connolly.

  • Union Luisa Visit

On Friday 16th December 2011, the local Portuguesse football team – Union Luisa, were invited as guests of Portadown FC’S Community Outreach Group to the home game against Donegal Celtic. Pictured with members Union Luisa are Portadown Director, Cyril Connolly and Commmunity Outreach Group Chairman Gareth Verner. Carlos from Union Luisa said – ‘Its great to be asked upto this match and for Portadown to recognise our team and invite us here. We will be returning the invite to PFC to come and watch us play tomorrow’.

  • Hospital Visit

On Tuesday 13th December 2011 Portadown FC players, Directors and the Chairman of Portadown FC’s Community Outreach Group made a visit to the Childrens Ward at Craigavon Area Hospital. Ronnie McFall, Trevor Williamson, Cyril Connolly, Ronnie Steenson, Trevor Marshall, Gareth Verner, Sean Mackle, Ross Redman, Andrew Burns and Wesley Boyle presented an Xbox, games and sweets to the patients on the ward. Faith Farrell of the ward said, ‘We would like to thank Portadown FC for their generousity and for taking time out of their busy schedule to make the trip up to the ward and spend time with the patients and their families’. A players spokesman added, ‘We are only too delighted to make this visit here to see the kids at this difficult time for them and we wish them all the best for a speedy recovery and hope to see them out and about in the very near future’.

  • Christmas Card Competition Winner Arrives in Style for DC Match

The winning designer of this years official PFC Christmas card organised by the PSS, Kristiana Kavaloska from Presentation Primary School Portadown, travelled in style in a stretch limo to the ground on Friday evening as part of her prize.
Kristiana was accompanied by her family and were guests of honour for the evening at the Premiership match against Donegal Celtic.

  • Bollywood Comes to Portadown

Shamrock Park got a touch of glamour last week before the league match with Crusaders when a photoshoot was held to highlight the Miss Bollywood Northern Ireland competition which takes place this year and to raise awareness for the bucket collection that day for Impact India (Abandoned babies).

Ports players Wes Boyle and Richard Clarke gave their backing to the venture when they volunteered to pose with the girls. Pictured from left is Natasha Chada, Wes Boyle, Rachel Johnston,Charlene Campbell, Richard Clarke and Miss Earth Ireland winner Rachelle Liggett.

 

  • Impact India Charity Night at Shamrock Park

Portadown FC have held a number of events recently in support of the Angel House Charity which have raised approximately £1,000. The total was generated from a matchday bucket collection at a recent home fixture and an Indian charity night for sponsors and guests which raised another £800 towards the special project.
Gareth Verner, chairman of the community relations committee, paid tribute to the work of the Charity and thanked the local business community and club sponsors who contributed to a very successful evening by providing items for the raffle.

Photos courtesy of Marie Allen Photography Portadown,

 

  • Portadown Ladies Integrated FC at Coleraine Fixture

Portadown Ladies Integrated Football Club were guests at Saturdays Carling Premier League fixture against Coleraine. The players met with representatives of Falkirk FC and members of Portadown PSS along with PFC Director of Football Ronnie Stinson.

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