New centres can help Pompey spread youth gospel

Pompey engagement manager Micah Hall
Pompey engagement manager Micah Hall

Pompey are set to spread their Academy mentality across the south after announcing plans to open a host of development centres.

The Blues are poised to start 20 centres in different areas across the region as part of their link-up with new kit suppliers Sondico.

Plans are in place to run a pilot scheme, paving the way for further centres to then be created.

The club’s coaches are set to be involved with the centres when they open.

That will provide youngsters with top-drawer training, while, crucially, taking Pompey’s name back into different communities.

The Blues’ engagement manager, Micah Hall, hailed the move as a positive manoeuvre in building the club’s standing.

He feels it will also provide a chance to impress Pompey’s philosophy on young players at the centres.

Hall said: ‘Our Academy is a shining light and something to be very proud of.

‘We have one of the best centres in the country.

‘They do an amazing job in turning out the players they do. And that is what we want to build on.

‘Our Academy produces fine, young people. We want to take that to our development centres with Sondico.

‘We want to produce good footballers but also fine, young people.

‘We want to promote the right ethos and teach the way a Portsmouth team plays.

‘That means performing with respect and conducting yourself in the right manner, too.

‘The centres will be self-funding and be a chance to spread geographically and have a presence in different communities.

‘For children to be playing for a Portsmouth team and receive high-quality coaching at development centres is fantastic.’