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Portsmouth City of Sanctuary has a number of free programmes as part of the Energise Me project to improve the fitness and mental well-being of people seeking sanctuary in Portsmouth.

Strength & Conditioning Training

Portsmouth City of Sanctuary is pleased to work in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth’s School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science to develop a pilot project supporting our clients in weekly strength and conditioning sessions.

Register for your induction session to take place on Wednesday 26th April from 1-2pm (Women).

Register for your induction session to take place on Wednesday 26th April from 2:30-4 pm (Men).




We are very excited about our men’s football team which continues to grow and improve week after week. This project is run in partnership with Pompey in the Community. We meet fortnightly for training.

To mark last year’s Refugee Week, Pompey in the Community facilitated a football trip where Arsenal FC hosted a football tournament. Our group played five other teams and came runner-up in the competition.

“Football has a universal language, many people, different languages and we all understand each other playing’ Local asylum seeker feedback.”



Our women’s dance is a fantastic project open to all female refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants within the city. This project is in partnership with Neptune Girls and The BOX. The project runs weekly and includes dance lessons and positive affirmations.

“Stress-free, relaxing, flexible” client feedback.



We love to encourage activities that promote physical and mental well-being such as our taster sessions of boxing at the Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy.


Head of Energise me projects

Roni Edwards


Many thanks to @energiseme_ for their support.