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Derby’s £11.9m ‘game-changing’ football hub set for 2024 launch

The £11.9m facility will feature four full-size 3G pitches (Image: Alliance Leisure)

A £11.9m project to create a large football and community sports hub at Derby Racecourse is on schedule for a grand opening in 2024.

Designed to “regenerate football” and ensure a long-term future for grassroots football in the city, the hub will feature four full-size 3G football pitches, a new community building with a café, reception area and meeting spaces, as well as increased parking spaces, improved entry and exit to the site along with improved foot and cycle paths through the park. The 3G pitches will be supplied by SAPCA member, TigerTurf.

Contractors Universal Civils and Build this month announced that they have reached the topping out stage of the project, which marks the finalising of the external structure and roof of the community building. The project is being overseen by Alliance Leisure.

Hardyal Dhindsa, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Streetpride, said: “Reaching the topping phase of the development of the Derby Racecourse Hub is a real milestone, and we’re now well on the way to seeing the completion in early 2024.

“This development will offer a remarkable building and pitches for grassroots football in Derby, but it extends beyond football; it will also create inviting community spaces where residents can come together and enjoy Racecourse Park.”

The project has secured collaborative funding from Derby City Council, Derbyshire County FA, the Premier League, The FA, and the Football Foundation.

Upon its completion, the facilities will be under the management of the National Football Trust on behalf of Derby City Council, with day-to-day operations overseen by Leisure United.

Martin Glenn, Chair of the Football Foundation, said: “The new facilities here at the Racecourse will not only provide a boost to sport in Derby, but also a space for the local community to come together.”

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