Pompey training relocates to neighbours

Pompey boss Guy Whittingham
Pompey boss Guy Whittingham

Pompey have relocated their training base to Westleigh Park while they await the availability of the University of Portsmouth.

Guy Whittingham’s squad plan to use the Hawks’ home ground for the next two weeks as work at Langstone Campus continues.

As it stands, their new training facility is ready following a £1m revamp funded by the university.

However, in terms of the pitches, Whittingham is concerned they are currently too hard following the recent good weather.

The surfaces are in the process of being watered to soften them for constant player use.

In the meantime, the Blues will train at the Hawks.

The Pompey boss said: ‘We’re almost there with the training ground.

‘With the weather we’ve had, it’s too hard to go down there at the moment.

‘So we are going to be training at Havant & Waterlooville for the time being.

‘They have told us they are happy for us to train there a few times over the next couple of weeks just until we can get enough water on the pitches at the university.

‘They (the Hawks) have been great for us again.

‘We all know how they have helped us out in the past and they have done so again so we are thankful for that.

‘Hopefully that will give us a couple of weeks to get some water on the pitch at the training ground.

‘We could train on it but would run the risk of picking up injuries at the moment.

‘We’re happy with it and once we get some water on it, everything will be fine.’

Pompey spent last week training at Five Lakes in Colchester and were highly impressed with the training facilities.

They started pre-season at St John’s College but the pitches there have also been deemed too hard.