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Pompey training ground approved


Portsmouth have been given the green light for a new training ground at Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire.

Gosport Borough Council voted unanimously for the new state-of-the-art multi-million pound complex late on Tuesday.

The 35-acre site in Cherque Way will house 10 full-size pitches, two mini pitches and a three-quarter-size pitch. The complex will be almost 10 times the size of the club's current training ground in Eastleigh.

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp told BBC Radio Solent it is another important milestone for the club.

"You need a training facility. You need a stadium. The team on the pitch is fantastic, and now we're getting the important stuff behind the scenes like the stadium and the training ground.

It will be great to have our own training facility

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp

"It's going to be fantastic. It looks superb. Gosport Council have been a big help and obviously Peter Storrie and the staff.

"We can start producing some players through the Academy and having good facilities is going to be so important to us".

Pompey have trained at the Wellington Grounds in Eastleigh just outside Southampton for the last six years.

"We had six fantastic years there. The facilities have improved, but they're not up to standard and it doesn't belong to us.

"It's been difficult but we've made the best of it and it will be great to have our own training facility".

The club had previously hoped to move to a 55-acre site at Titchfield but plans were turned down by Fareham Borough Council.

Work on the new site is set to start by late summer and Pompey hope to be training at the new complex by July 2009.

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