Pompey unveil new Roko training base

Pompey Supporters' Trust executive board member and Blues director Mick Williams, chief executive Mark Catlin and boss Andy Awford with plans for Pompey's new Roko training base on Copnor Road.   Picture: Allan Hutchings
Pompey Supporters' Trust executive board member and Blues director Mick Williams, chief executive Mark Catlin and boss Andy Awford with plans for Pompey's new Roko training base on Copnor Road. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Matty Kennedy. Pompey 1 Southend United 0. Fratton Park. League One. Saturday, November 18, 2017. Picture: Joe Pepler PPP-171119-145411001

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Pompey’s new Roko training base represents a big step forward for the club.

That is the view of Blues ambassador and former player Alan Knight.

Knight was present at this afternoon’s press conference to unveil the Hilsea health club on Copnor Road as the Blues’ long-term training base within the city.

The modern training centre – featuring two state-of-the-art pitches, integrated and refurbished changing rooms, player lounge facilities and a purpose-designed fitness suite – will be the Blues’ new permanent training base after a 30-year lease was signed on the site.

Pompey boss Andy Awford, chief executive Mark Catlin and Pompey Supporters’ Trust executive board member and Blues director Mick Williams were all present to address gathered press – with the club hopeful of using the facility by the end of the summer.

Knight said: ‘The facility – with the plans we have looked at this afternoon – are very impressive.

‘This (a permanent training base) is something that Pompey have been crying out for from when I first came to the club nearly 40 years ago.

‘The club has never really had any foundations – that has always been the problem.

‘It has always been about now, but this is about tomorrow as well.

‘In that respect it’s a big step forward for the club.’