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State of the art training facility plans revealed

Pompey's latest attempts to move more in line with training facilities fitting to a top 5-10 club have been announced on the Pompey Site, with the plans for a state of the art training complex in Gosport fully revealed.

The 35 acres in the Alver Valley in Lee-on-Solent will 'house 10 full size pitches, two mini soccer pitches, a three-quarter size pitch and a dedicated goalkeeping area' with Richard Marshall, the architect for Arsenal's training complex being the man that has designed the proposed main building that we are looking at here.

Other details revealed stated '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'.

All sounds very exciting, for full details on the proposal and plans visit the Pompey Site by clicking here.

Peter Storrie had this to say to the Pompey Site: '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.

'Plans will be submitted within the next couple of weeks and if it meets with approval we could begin work by the late summer and complete the scheme before the start of the 2009/10 season'.

With Harry Redknapp adding: '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'.

Fareham Borough Council rejected our last proposals for a new training complex, all we can do now is hope and pray that Gosport Borough Council will be more supportive? And the earlier signs seem good with Shaun Cully, Leader of Gosport Borough Council saying: 'we are delighted that Portsmouth Football Club have chosen to build their new training ground in Gosport.

'Their decision to do so is great because in selecting Gosport they have in effect secured the future of the Alver Valley Country Park; an area we have been working on opening to the public for some time. The club's involvement will ensure the country park is completed and opened to the public far sooner than we ever dared imagine.

'We thank and welcome Pompey to Gosport and hope they'll be happy here. We also thank them for their generous offer of making some of their new facilities available to our schools to help train our footballers of the future'.

We desperately need plans for a new training complex to come off as our facilities are as poor as they get and are not fitting for a club with our ambition, and our hopes of fulfilling these will keep being held back as long as we cannot do this.

Should we manage to succeed with these proposals the impact that this should have on the club could be phenomenal as facilities like these will help produce some of the countries best young talent and convince those already established to sign for Portsmouth Football Club, even more so than they already do!

I know the stadium talk will keep rumbling on for a long, long time but my thinking is that if we cannot redevelop Fratton Park or move to a new ground then a state of the art training facility will be the next best thing and will be a giant step in the right direction.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 22 2008

Time: 3:53PM

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And let's waits for the NIMBYs & the rare african migrating birds & the impact of all these extra carbon footprints & the rare crsted newt that maybe nearby. Sorry but you feel that there is a scummer somewhere in planning in Hampshire that finds something to say no.
storagematt
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22/04/2008 15:58:00

Fantastic news, looks great, another positive step by the club. Let's hope it all works out.
storagematt
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22/04/2008 15:59:00

Let's hope we have no more Planning permission problems. Pompey seem to have tried to work a formula to fit it with locals and the council's plans for the area - Country Park and community use of facilities etc. - so unless the environmental survey finds a rare breed of butterfly, sloworms, or Brent Geese it could be a goer.
eastneydave
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22/04/2008 16:17:00

Pompey have worked so hard to get something they'll actually be allowed to do for once - lets hope it works out this time and we start to get facilities in keeping with the big club we are turning into.
tracyc
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22/04/2008 17:33:00

Well done Gosport and shame on you Fareham Council. Lets just hope Porsmouth Council now help their team secure the site a Horsea Island.
blarmy
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22/04/2008 19:10:00

I'll believe it when i see it, sorry to sound like a Victor, but I've heard it all before
pentonpompey
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22/04/2008 20:32:00

At last! You guys have needed a new traing ground for a while now right? I remember talking to some of your fans when you came down to the cottage and they were saying a new training facility was a must. Good luck to you for the rest of the season! except the last game of the season of course!
oranje_emu
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22/04/2008 20:33:00

Our last game of the season oranje is at Wembley so i'll assume you mean the league game with your doomed Fulham. sorry to see you go, we would normally get 4-6 pts off you. Good look in the fizzy pop league & stuff the scummers (southampton) when you play them.
storagematt
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22/04/2008 21:26:00

I think this a terrible idea. Its going to take the players at least an hour to get into Gosport for 10am each morning and a good 45 mins to get out. The only other way of getting there quicker is using the Gosport Ferry and shuttle bus? Can't really see that happening.
The Rabbi
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22/04/2008 21:32:00

Rabbi, most of the players live in Locks Heath and Warsash and quite a few are as far away as Dorset, most of them can come through Hillhead and along Lee front, not a problem at all. Also for those who don't know, Alver Valley is a big expanse of scrubland, a new road is being built through it at the moment. As for Shaun Cully, I went to school with his son, both are Pompey fans.
paultsmouth
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22/04/2008 21:43:00

I'm with Pentonpompey. I'll believe it when it happens.
frattonaussie
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22/04/2008 22:14:00

In the past we would have gone to appeal on the Titchfield site. Instead we move quickly on an attractive alternative by talking to another local authority at Gosport who recognise that such a development would help to promote the area and gain the use of two pitches for community use. As a long standing Pompey supporter I'm normally as pessimistic as most people ..but on this one I think Sasha & the club will make it happen.
FP Dec 16th 1972
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22/04/2008 22:58:00

The plans look great .. fingers crossed it will happen this time..
Chix
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23/04/2008 07:33:00

As a Gosport resident, I reckon its a great idea, the town is dead now, people use the high st as a way to get to Gunwharf, and although it won't bring in much revenue, it will at least stop them building more houses in what would be a good area to do so.
paultsmouth
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23/04/2008 07:43:00

Just seen the report (and the site) on Sky Sports News.. Harry & Peter seem pretty up beat and are talking as if it's a done deal .. 9 million and open summer 2009
Chix
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23/04/2008 07:53:00

i have belief that this one will come on, we have seen so many false dawns in the past havent we but this one 'seems' to be the real mccoy... clearly until all gets the rubber stam of approval we cannot be sure, but all signs are pointing towards a go and i reckon it would be fantastic should it happen - it sure as hell needs to happen!
pompeyrug
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23/04/2008 08:32:00

It sounds as though Gosport Council are up for it which should help speed things along. Here's hoping we can finally get something that is long overdue.
UKTony
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23/04/2008 09:39:00

evryone in cherque farm recieved a letter today (weds) putting forward Pompey's vision, so far only a couple of old dears are voicing concerns, but GBC have admitted that without Pompeys input the Alver valley adventure park willnever be finished
paultsmouth
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23/04/2008 21:18:00

 

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