We’re working in partnership with the Football Foundation to develop the King George V football complex, on King George V playing fields in Cosham.

The project came about after Portsmouth was identified as an area that has a shortfall of artificial grass pitches (AGPs) to support the development of youth and adult football in the city.

The aim is to develop adult and youth football by providing a new football complex that will enable people to play football, whatever the weather, in the north of the city. It will facilitate local grassroots football clubs and leagues and will be managed by an operator, on behalf of the council.

The football complex will have a pavilion building with changing facilities, café space and toilets, in addition to artificial grass pitches marked up to provide a variety of pitch options, such as:

  • 2 full size 100 x 64m pitches
  • 4 9v9 pitches
  • 6 7v7 pitches
  • 12 5v5 pitches

Having a range of smaller pitches will help meet the needs of youth football matches and training and would enable more children to take part in the sport. There will still be plenty of grass football pitches available in the rest of the playing fields and we are considering what other improvements we could make, such as additional bins or seating.

We previously held two engagement events at Cosham Library and also had a survey for people to give their views. The results can be viewed at Your City Your Say.

The planning application for the project has now been approved.

Update 22 August 2023

Construction is now well underway. The carpet has been laid on the two artificial grass pitches, although there’s still work ongoing on the pitches. The old pavilion was carefully demolished, and the new pavilion building is progressing well. Inside the pavilion, the reception space, enclosed kitchen and café facility, event space and changing rooms are taking shape.

We aim to minimise disruption as much as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause.

The football complex is expected to open by January 2024.

Trucks doing works on the future car park area