Training boost for Pompey players

Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey’s players have finally set foot on their new training pitches.

And chief executive Mark Catlin believes the wait has benefited the playing surfaces in the long-term.

Those extra few weeks have been great, providing the foundations for Paul Cook and the players to carry on training on them for the long-term

Mark Catlin

Paul Cook’s side spent Monday and Tuesday training at their Copnor Road home.

It is the first time the Blues have used the pitches, which this summer were reseeded following the introduction of secondary drainage.

In the meantime, the players have trained on surfaces at the Mountbatten Centre, the Hawks, Gosport and Bognor.

Now they have the opportunity to use their own facilities.

Catlin said: ‘The team had two sessions at the training ground yesterday and two sessions on Monday.

‘We said all along they were ready to use, but could do with a little longer to bed in following the work on them over the summer.

‘Those extra few weeks have been great, providing the foundations for Paul Cook and the players to carry on training on them for the long-term.’

Meanwhile, Pompey have announced a Fratton Park open training session for Tuesday, August 4.

The North Stand lower will be open for fans to watch the Blues train, while wheelchair users can use the Fratton end.

Gates will open at 1.30pm, with the session starting at 2pm.

Cook’s squad will be wearing the new third strip which will be going on sale that day.

The club are also hosting other activities, including a signing session in the Victory Lounge once training has finished.

The event is free, although there will be a bucket collection to raise funds for both the Academy and Pompey in the Community.