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Elliott Morris is captain of Glentoran. He runs coaching sessions for budding goalkeepers as part of his Number1GK goalkeeping school. Elliott has plenty or experience coaching and playing on different pitches across Northern Ireland.

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Asked to name Northern Ireland's five best football grounds, he recommends...

Mourneview Park, Lurgan

These grounds are home to Glenavon FC. Mourneview has a fantastic playing surface and the games we play there always provide a great atmosphere with the crowd being quite close to the pitch. The grounds have a capacity of 9,000 and have been around since 1895.

Windsor Park, Belfast

Home to Linfield and the Northern Ireland team, Windsor Park is the biggest ground in the league with one of the biggest pitches. The stadium seats 18,500 and was opened in 1905. There are extensive renovations currently under way for new facilities including under-soil heating which I'm looking forward to checking out next season.

Solitude, Belfast

Home to Cliftonville FC, Solitude has been upgraded in recent years. The club has invested in a new main stand, new changing and shower facilities and laying down a brand new 3G pitch which compliments their style of play perfectly. The renovations have increased the club's capacity to 8,000 and are set to continue.

Ballymena Showgrounds, Ballymena

Home of the Sky Blues, The Showgrounds are regarded as one of the finest sports facilities in Northern Ireland. They have spacious changing facilities, subsidiary pitches for other sports and a big main stand that, when full, provides a great atmosphere with more than 4,000 seated fans.

The Oval, Belfast

One of the oldest grounds in the league and my home ground, The Oval is the pitch I enjoy playing on the most. Home to Glentoran, the east Belfast stadium is steeped in history and has witnessed some fantastic games over the years with Eusebio, Dino Zoff and Nemanja Vidic all having played at the ground.

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