By Site reporter
Wednesday 23 Apr 2008 09:42:15
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Fans have given a warm welcome to Pompey's fresh plans for their state-of-the-art new training ground, which they now want to build in Gosport.

Following problems with Fareham council and English Heritage over their scheme to build it near Titchfield Abbey, the club have been working with Gosport council - and this proposal seems miuch more likely to be granted.

Initial opinion from supporters has been positive, with fans delighted the club have been working behind the scenes to get a new training ground off the ground and not just relying on an appeal over the Titchfield plans.

Manager Harry Redknapp has hailed the plans, and everyone seems certain the facility will be a big help to attracting new top-class players to the club, as well as benefitting the many younger teams attached to Pompey.

It would be built on 35 acres of land in the Alver Valley, which is on the border between Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent.

It will house 10 full size pitches, two mini soccer pitches, a three-quarter size pitch and a dedicated goalkeeping area and the main section has been designed by Richard Marshall, the architect behind Arsenal's London Colney training base.


The 18,0000 sq ft building will house changing rooms, medical and rehabilitation facilities, a gymnasium, administration offices, a media and presentation area and a refectory.


There will also be a three-quarter size indoor pitch for the club's Academy, who will have their own separate building. Pompey will also dedicate two full-size pitches for community use and open up the indoor facility for local schools in the Gosport Borough.



Peter Storrie, chief executive of Portsmouth FC, told 'We are very excited about the new site which fits all the criteria for us to build a training facility any Premier League club would be proud of.


'I'd like to pay tribute to Gosport Borough Council, who have been extremely supportive of our need to build such a facility and helping us find the site. The next stage is public consultation and we hope the community are as enthusiastic about the scheme as we are. The club feels we can make a real contribution to the Borough and we are looking forward to working with Gosport in the future.'


Redknapp said: 'This is fantastic news. The club desperately needs its own training ground if we are to continue the progress we have made on the pitch over the last couple of seasons. The plans for the pitches and the overall facilities look very impressive and it will make a great deal of difference to the players and our ability to keep attracting the very best to the club.'



Anyone with questions or comments about the plans for the new training ground should email

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