Kelly praises Pompey training ground debut

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A Pompey team yesterday played on a training ground they own, located within their city.

And Mark Kelly was delighted with how the Copnor Road venue fared on its debut.

Pompey Academy trialled the new training ground for the first time yesterday. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142967-9)

Pompey Academy trialled the new training ground for the first time yesterday. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142967-9)

The Blues’ under-18s became the first players to use the Roko and PlayFootball site in a two-hour session.

Despite heavy rain during the past week, the new surface held up admirably to the rigours of football.

And Pompey’s Academy boss was full of praise.

Kelly said: ‘We have had an overabundance of rain over the last week or so but the pitches have held up.

‘We have put it through its test, if you like, because some of the training patterns worked on at the beginning would cut up any pitch.

‘At the start we used the warm-up pitch, you don’t want to hammer the other pitches because they are for prep and defined work.

‘Then we moved onto one of the two main pitches and it was solid enough, just a matter of putting a couple of divots back, nothing else.

‘I actually thought we would have had a little bit more water under feet and experience a few problems considering the weather, but the pitches are fine.

‘We will now base ourselves here and see that everything is right, keeping on working on it and bedding it in.

‘I think the boys had a good morning at the new training ground, they enjoyed themselves.’

Pompey’s first team are expected to move into their new training home later next month.

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