Portsmouth: club 'pushing hard' for new training ground

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Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin says getting a new training ground is a priority, as the Pompey Supporters' Trust make a final push to sell shares.

Pompey fans have until mid-April to buy a £1,000 share in the club, which will be a year after the Trust took control.

Catlin says a new training facility is high on the wish-list from any funds.

"A new training ground for the new season is something we are really pushing hard for," Catlin told BBC Radio Solent.

The club currently train at the University of Portsmouth's pitches and facilities at its Langstone sports campus.

The club used to train at King Edward VI School in Eastleigh but left because of cost-cutting - because of being in administration last season - and moved to Eastney Barracks.

"Since we have come out of administration, and historically at the club, we have not had a training ground home," he said.

"This money and any other money will be set aside for that project."

Meanwhile, the club have confirmed the appointment of Martin Hinshelwood as chief scout.

The 60-year-old arrives from Crawley, where he worked alongside Richie Barker and Steve Coppell.

Hinshelwood was previously at Pompey as reserve and youth-team coach, working under Jim Smith and Terry Fenwick.

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