Written by Training Ground Guru – June 23, 2021
PORTSMOUTH owns its training ground for the first time in its history after acquiring full ownership of its Hilsea facility and surrounding land from Roko health clubs.
Pompey moved to the site in December 2014 when it was owned by fans, ending a nomadic existence.
The purchase will see the current health club, gym, outdoor facilities and training grounds all purchased and rebranded under the Pompey banner. New general manager Andrew Cullen told The News the club have big ambitions for the site.
President of Pompey Michael eisner added: âThis is an exciting opportunity which offers immense leeway for the future of Portsmouth FC.
âWe were able to secure a large open space in this large city, allowing us to have our own training center. This is a great step forward for the club.
“It is an essential part of our overall strategy to continue to develop the club in a sustainable manner, which should bear fruit on and off the pitch for many years to come.”
Commercial director Anna mitchell said: âThis is a fantastic opportunity to expand the club’s brand in the city.
âWe are delighted to offer a first class health and fitness facility under the Portsmouth Football Club name to the entire community, allowing them to benefit from the expertise used to train our professional athletes. “
Meanwhile, manager Danny Cowley, who appeared in episode # 14 of the TGG podcast, has put together a new behind-the-scenes team. Simon Bassey left Barnet, where he was manager, to become the manager of the League One club’s first team.
Matt Page and Toby Ellis have joined as analysts, while a new goalkeeper coach is expected to be appointed this week.