McInnes praises new-look Pompey training ground

Pompey chairman Iain McInnes
Pompey chairman Iain McInnes
  • Pompey’s training ground opened its doors to the first-team in December 2014
  • A new players’ common room among summer improvements to Copnor Road venue

IAIN McINNES hailed Pompey’s new-look training ground after it underwent a summer refurbishment.

Work has taken place at the Copnor Road venue throughout the close season to improve facilities.

It is a good thing and has been done for next to nothing, with the benefits there for all to see

Iain McInnes

In addition to the pitches receiving secondary drainage, a common room has been created for the players, housing a table tennis table and Sky.

Meanwhile, the club’s existing buildings have been freshened up with new paint, while signage and club branding have been introduced.

The Roko training base opened its doors to the Blues first-team in December 2014, after a long wait for a home back in the city.

And the Pompey chairman is delighted with the summer work.

McInnes said: ‘It is a facility to be proud of from day one, which has been enhanced at quite little cost and is now much more multi-faceted.

‘It works well. These days lots of meetings take place down there which, before, may have had to be held at Fratton Park or a hotel room somewhere – or not taken place at all.

‘It’s a good facility that is open 24/7, Paul (Cook) prefers it that way. He has lots of players who use it for extra training, relaxation and for meeting the other players which just didn’t exist before.

‘It is a good thing and has been done for next to nothing, with the benefits there for all to see.

‘The pitches are still being worked on, extra staff and resources have been applied to that to make sure they replicate the kind of surface Paul wants to play on at Fratton Park.

‘We are not using the pitches yet but are doing whatever can be done to make sure they are as up together as possibly can be.’