Date:Thursday April 24 2008
I know we have heard it all before but the plans for the proposed new state of the art training complex at Gosport seem to be very, very positive and the chances of us being able to get this are looking better than ever before - at least that is my thinking anyway.
The vibes are positive, we seem to have the support where it matters, the plans look fantastic and the benefits that Portsmouth Football Club would reap seem a near nailed on winner, and surely can only aid yet further in Pompey's quest to get to even greater and higher heights?
The News online has been running a poll over the past day or so titled 'Can the proposed new training ground take Pompey to new heights?' Given 3 options 'Winning the FA Cup and qualifying for Europe will be the key factor' is currently top of the pile followed by 'It will help attract even bigger names to Pompey' with 'A new stadium is more important' bottom of the stack.
Granted there is not a lot between all 3 options given, and clearly winning the FA cup is something that we all desperately want and also something that will have a huge bearing on our future plans but if we can offer footballers the very, very best in state of the art facilities to work on day in day out in the long run would this not have more capital in swaying players to the club, and ultimately be more important? Please do not think I am saying I do not want to win the cup, as I do!
Just think, if we have the facilities matching, if not better than some of this countries best clubs getting away from our appalling excuse for a training ground that we currently have will benefit the club no end - how many serious injuries over the years have been as a result of our mediocre training facilities, obviously I am not saying they would not happen at a state of the art one, but facilities would be much higher and would reduce this risk.
If the youngsters coming through can use the very best facilities to hone their ability in theory they could become even better than they might have. When prospective new signings are shown these plans initially, then when it is build - obviously if it does go through - when they are able to walk around it they will be more than suitably impressed wont they?
You can argue it is difficult to get to, access is not good blah, blah, blah but this will change and will 20 odd players making the way along these roads and so on make that much difference? Players come from all over anyway so it is not as if it will be anything new to them is it, but the benefits would be out of this world.
Clearly a new stadium, or a redevelopment of Fratton Park would be fantastic for the club but we are not getting any help on this front are we, besides what would be the point of having a brand spanking new stadium if we only have crappy old training facilities that are not even on a par with some non-league clubs let alone a top premier league one?
I would bet that most players would be more impressed with top class training facilities ahead of a top class stadium, as they only use that once every other week, the training facilities are used almost every day! I am not saying that there is anything wrong with Fratton, as despite its run down nature it more than does the job for us and I love the place, it offers something few grounds do these days and when these players play in this they see how special it is.
For me, and I am not saying that winning the FA cup is not important - as it is as this means more to me than words can really describe, but having this new training complex would offer Pompey something that I do not think everyone can fully comprehend? The new heights we could potentially soar to are even further beyond the dizzy heights we are currently at and could take us to true greatness...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Thursday April 24 2008
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