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Our first Emirates FA Cup game is already looming

Monday 26 Jul 2021

You now have the choice to have Match Ball and Man of the Match Sponsor packages with hospitality. A great way of supporting The Blues and also having an enjoyable afternoon. Please make contact with Vic before it is too late!

Portland United FC welcome applications for the post of Reserve Team Manager.

Sunday 25 Jul 2021

This will be for our team who play in the Dorset Premier League. This is an exciting role working alongside our first team that play in the Wessex Premier League and also our newly formed U18s team. The club have implemented a new development pathway this season which is already working well with seven U18 players and six reserve team players already having represented the first team in pre-season friendlies. The successful applicant will work closely as part of a management team and structure working across the three teams. The successful candidate will be expected to compliment and work towards the developmental vision the club has set. For applications and any information please contact our secretary: secretary.portlandutdfc@aol.co.uk,

Hectic couple of weeks at The Camp & Satherley Stadium!

Saturday 24 Jul 2021

This week sees pre-season friendlies for our U18s (Sunday, 24th) and our Reserves (Wed, 28th) and then our CENTENARY FUN DAY on Sat 31st July – just in case you had not realised! A week Tuesday sees the 1st Team kick off in the Wessex League at home followed by another home game – this time in The Emirates FA Cup – on Saturday 7th August. Following that FA Cup game, The Spennylympics are holding their football game on our pitch with ko at 6.30. This is being televised – free to enter and watch and any donations will be very greatly received by The Motor Neurone Disease Association. Thanks to Lesley & Darren Whyton and also Cheryl & Grant Leighton for coming forward to sponsor the Spennylympics game. If you are thinking of sponsoring any of the 1st Team games, don’t leave it too late and risk being disappointed. You can now support The Blues by sponsoring a Match Ball or Man of the Match and have the choice whether to receive hospitality. Give Vic a call on 07802 600108 to find out details of all our sponsor packages. (At the moment, Aug 21st is empty . . . but following our FA Cup result, that will, no doubt, change.)

7th Aug - PUFC are hosting The Spennylympics Football Match!

Tuesday 20 Jul 2021

We are very pleased to have been asked to host this game which will take place after our Emirates FA Cup game with Bournemouth Poppies on Sat, the 7th Aug – kicking off at 6.30 pm. Entry is free but there will be a big bucket for donations! If you have not yet heard of the Spennylympics (and really you should have by now because they have been on the BBC news and have been in the national papers!!) and have gone worldwide, then please click on the links. I will just say that this stems from local lad, Stuart Bates losing his brother, Spencer, in 2011 to Motor Neurone Disease – a disease which has been highlighted recently by the ruby player, Rob Burrow. A disease which is truly horrific. Stuart and his partner, Charlotte, are completing every single Olympic event in the 17 days that the Tokyo Games are planned to be held. The weekend of the 7th/8th Aug will be a busy one. Saturday sees the pair take part in beach volleyball which starts at 9 am and then sailing from the Weymouth Sailing Club (good opportunity for cheering them on from the harbour wall). On the Sunday they will be running the marathon and setting off from the MNDA gazebo on the Esplanade near to the King’s Statue between 7 and 8 am! They are looking for players of all abilities who knew Spenny and would like to play a game in his memory or perhaps someone who has been affected by MND and would like to help them to raise some money for this fantastic charity! If you are interested in taking part then please go to their facebook page and send a dm or dm Portland Utd FC. If you are not able to play but would like come along and show your support by cheering them on, then please do. The winning team will take home the inaugural Spencer Bates Memorial Trophy, kindly donated by All Sports Trophies, Oxfordshire! As Stuart says “We hope that we can make some lovely memories and raise some extra money for the MND Association all whilst celebrating the life of this wonderful man!” Please come up and try and support this game – or stay after the FA Cup game.

A chance to join our club as a Physiotherapist

Monday 19 Jul 2021

We have a First Team who play in the Wessex League Prem Div, also a Reserve Team playing in the Dorset Prem League and this season we are fielding an U18 Team. Please contact our secretary, Randle for further information at: secretary.portlandutdfc@aol.co.uk

The Wessex League issued a statement in their recent newsletter from The FA regarding the 4th Step of the Government roadmap that comes into effect today, the 19th July 2021.

Monday 19 Jul 2021

“The FA has provided an update on ‘non-elite’ football in advance of Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap. On Monday 19 July England has moved into step 4 of its roadmap in easing Covid restrictions. This means that almost all legal restrictions of social contact will be removed. However, the Government is encouraging people to act with caution. Our guidance has, therefore, been updated to reflect this. This updated guidance which covers Steps 3-6 of the National League System (NLS), Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid and grassroots football (including Regional NLS Feeder Leagues), comes into effect on Monday 19 July and until then all participants should follow. The summary key points are: 1. On field adaptions for playing football are no longer required 2. No limits of how many people can meet 3. 1m plus rule removed 4. The definition of close contact remains the same, however the rules on self-isolation will be changing from the 16th August. 5. Face coverings no longer required by law but recommended in crowded indoor settings and may be mandated by some clubs or facility providers. 6. Changing rooms can be used, however participants should use their own judgement and minimise use where possible to avoid close contact in a crowded area for a prolonged time. 7. No capacity limits for spectators but good practice is encouraged 8. Hospitality is permitted without restrictions. 9. NHS Test and Trace QR codes not required by law but encouraged. 10. Free NHS lateral flow testing is available to clubs and The FA encourage clubs to take this up. 11. No domestic travel restrictions. Participants should continue to follow Government advice on international travel for any fixtures/ tournaments. This guidance document applies to all youth and adult football and futsal, including all formats of the game, both indoors and outdoors. We would like to thank you once again for playing your part in helping to get our game going again. By observing Government guidance and the football-specific protocols, we can look forward to ensuring the transition back to enjoying football is as smooth and safe as possible.”

We are pleased to announce the signing of Luke Rodgers for the 2021-2022 season #theblues

Friday 16 Jul 2021

Luke will link up with our U18 squad for preseason. Danny’s comments: “Luke is much better than his Dad ever was already; he is very comfortable on the ball, strong and reads the game exceptionally well. He has come on very well with Redlands while also dual signing for Portland Sports playing up a year last season, I am really looking forward to seeing Luke progress through our setup at Portland.” Good luck Luke. Luke has been sponsored by Barton Consultancy

We are pleased to announce the signing of Luis Bosworth for the 2021-2022 season #theblues

Wednesday 14 Jul 2021

Luis will link up with our U18 squad for preseason. Danny’s comments: “Luis is a big strong lad, who works hard and loves a tackle. He has developed very well and one that is ready for adult football as soon as possible. I am looking forward to him developing with Andy and Garry with the plan they have in place. Good luck Luis” Luis is looking for a sponsor for this season. Please email: Vicatportlandunited@gmail.com. Sponsors’ names will be shown on our website with a link to their business where appropriate. Sponsors will also be shown in our home programmes - still just £50.

Many of you will have seen at the very end of the game a collision between a Weymouth player and a young Blues player.

Wednesday 14 Jul 2021

Although standing up very quickly, Harry Thomas had to be helped, at the final whistle, off the pitch. With a paramedic, ambulance and a helicopter finally on hand, Harry ended up in hospital – thankfully following a scan, he was sent home with bad concussion. Very distressing for everyone. Portland Utd FC and Harry’s family would like to thank the Weymouth physio, Charlie Kirby, for all his help and support – he was truly amazing as was Weymouth player, Andreas Robinson who is also a qualified physio. Huge thank you in fact.

We are pleased to announce the signing of Taylor Edmonds for the 2021-2022 season #theblues

Wednesday 14 Jul 2021

Taylor will link up with our U18 squad for preseason. Andy’s comments: “Tay is a great lad, very composed on the ball and reads the game very well. He has come on leaps and bounds and we are looking forward to seeing him progress within the club” Good luck Taylor. Taylor is looking for a sponsor for this season. Please email: Vicatportlandunited@gmail.com. Sponsors’ names will be shown on our website with a link to their business where appropriate. Sponsors will also be shown in our home programmes - still just £50.

Portland United Under 18 Youth Team will start Pre-Season training this Thursday, 15th July at Redlands at 7 PM.

Tuesday 13 Jul 2021

New players (aged 15 and above) who are looking to progress through the Club’s pathway into Men’s Dorset Premier League and Wessex League Football are welcome. Please send a message to the U18 Team Managers, Andy Mallet or Garry Rowe on 07841652938 or 07811437879 to confirm your attendance. The Club is very pleased that the Pathway is working well already. So far, six players from the current U18 team have already appeared for the First Team in pre-season and a number of others have been invited to attend First Team training. Several other Reserve Team players have also been involved with the First Team during Pre-Season. In addition, on Saturday, the Reserve team travelled to Corfe Castle with twelve players aged 16 and put in a fantastic performance. The Club, as a whole, is very excited by the Pathway that it has put in place and are thrilled by the talent coming through and that these players are getting opportunities to progress.

NEW SIGNING ALERT as The Blues welcome Danny Griffiths

Sunday 11 Jul 2021

From Franklyn: “Danny made contact and was keen to come in and train/play games. Danny has done really well in training and put in a good performance in the friendly against Balti; grabbing himself a goal. He’s a CB who is comfortable on the football and likes to be on the ball and drive out from the back with it too. He’s recently moved to the area after playing for Cheddar for ten years. Danny is experienced and will be another good role model for the younger lads. We were keen to add another CB so it’s been a good match. Welcome to Portland Danny.” Danny has been sponsored by Jan and Dave Camp.

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