The Tornante Company will take ownership of the Portsmouth Women’s side from the start of the 2023/24 season.
It has this afternoon been announced that the Pompey Women’s team will integrated alongside the men’s side under the umbrella of The Tornante Company.
🔵 #Pompey Women will be moving to a semi-professional model from the 2023/24 season— Portsmouth Women (@PompeyWomen) June 5, 2023
This is part of a move that will see The Tornante Company take ownership of the women's team
Current chairman Eric Coleborn will switch to director’s role with Jane Eisner (wife of Michael Eisner) to come in to succeed him.
Georgia Eisner, Stacey Eisner, Terena Eisner, Eric Eisner, Andy Redman, Clare Martin MBE and Val Cohen will also serve on the new board.
Head coach Jay Sadler will remain at the helm of first team proceedings, whereas former directors Helen Chivers and Bill Griffiths have both been appointed as honorary vice-presidents.
An official statement from Portsmouth Football Club reads: “This is part of a move that will see new investment into the women’s team, allowing semi-professional contracts to be offered to players for the first time.
”After an encouraging season on the pitch, becoming semi-professional will help Pompey Women to retain their brightest footballing talents, attract new players and progress to the next level.
”It also provides a fantastic legacy for women’s and girls’ football in the area, as Portsmouth Football Club continue to celebrate their 125th Anniversary.
”The women’s team will benefit from additional support from executive staff at the club, while the plan is for at least two fixtures during the 2023/24 season to take place at Fratton Park.”
An amazing step forward from my club. What a statement to show how much they support the growth of women’s football and the team. Proud to be apart of this new era 🤩💙 https://t.co/NycLaZnNEG— Hannah Haughton (@H_Haughton92) June 5, 2023
This needs a thread later to break it all down.— Ian Chiverton (@pompeychiv) June 5, 2023
For now, this is a HUGE move for the Women's team. It was absolutely critical we move to semi pro so we don't waste the unbelievable work thats been achieved in recent seasons. https://t.co/KX6w1xXiZT
Read the statement in full here.