Portsmouth FC players are set to travel in ultimate style next season, thanks to a new deal with Lucketts Travel.
The football club has appointed the Fareham coach firm to provide its official team travel and will use the company’s brand-new VIP coach.
Portsmouth FC is the first organisation to sign up to use the luxury vehicle, which is currently being adapted at a specialist conversion company to add a number of bonus features.
The sleek Irizar I8 provides the ultimate in luxury travel, seating 36 in the amount of space that would normally be used for a 53-seater coach. It features a Neff kitchen, flat screen HD TVs complete with Sky and reclining leather seats.
Portsmouth FC players will be well-connected as they travel to and from away games with Lucketts. The coach is fitted with the very latest technology, including Wifi, USB ports, power sockets, DAB radio and Chromecast for guests to stream entertainment from their phones to the screens.
Paul Barringer, group sales and marketing director at Lucketts, said: "The Lucketts VIP coach will provide the ultimate in comfort and relaxation – just what the players will need after 90 minutes on the pitch! Advanced features such as the Chromecast link-up with the HD screens means they’ll even be able to review videos of their performance together on the journey home."
Portsmouth FC CEO Mark Catlin said: "We are proud and delighted to be able to use this impressive vehicle next season. Ensuring the players arrive and get home from away matches in the best physical condition possible is a vital aspect of preparation and this coach will provide that."
"Our relationship with Lucketts is a strong one and we look forward to working with them closely in the coming season."
Lucketts has a long association with Portsmouth FC. It has been the official away fans’ travel provider for many seasons and is also a sponsor, with its pitchside board proudly sitting in the north stand of the league one club.
Paul Barringer added: "It’s been our pleasure to transport Portsmouth fans to and from away games for several years. Now we’re looking forward to providing that same reliable and friendly service to the players."