FA, Premier League and Derby City Council project creates £11.9m football hub to train stars of the future

The state-of-the-art venue will include a new basketball court and outdoor gym
This is one of three full-size football pitches at Derby Racecourse HubThis is one of three full-size football pitches at Derby Racecourse Hub
This is one of three full-size football pitches at Derby Racecourse Hub

A new sports hub featuring three full-size football pitches, a basketball court, and an outdoor gym is set to welcome sports fans this week.

Derby Racecourse Hub will open on Thursday, February 8, 2024.

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It is set to attract sports players at all stages of their careers, plus fans who can practice at the development which aims to provide year-round pitch use, supporting grassroots football in all seasons. 

The project has been jointly funded by Derby City Council, the Premier League, The FA, and the Government's Football Foundation.

It aims to show how a collaborative approach can improve community sports infrastructure.

This state-of-the-art facility is set to breathe new life into the Racecourse, offering three new full-size football turf pitches and the refurbishment of the existing pitch. 

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Other new additions include a community café, play area, basketball court, outdoor gym, and additional community meeting spaces. 

How you can get a free tour of Derby Racecourse Hub

Operators, Leisure United are keen to welcome the people of Derby to have a sneak peek before the venue officially opens.

They are inviting sports fans to visit on Thursday, February, 8, and Friday, February, 9, between 10am and 8pm.

People can tour the pitches, have a look at the stunning building and enjoy refreshments in the café. 

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Although no bookings are required, visitors will need to register to access the building.

Dean Hogan, Director of Operations at Leisure United, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming players, spectators, residents and staff members from the local community to the new football hub at Derby Racecourse.  

“The interest and attention prior to opening demonstrates the love of football in Derby and the demand for first-class FTP’s [pitches] and facilities.”

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The facility will also be popular with fitness enthusiasts.

They can take advantage of a range of activity programs for all ages and abilities, including football, fitness and community-based activities.

Leisure United’s website says they will also provide short courses.

County FA-accredited courses include Introduction To Coaching Football and Refereeing.

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Although these options do not appear to be currently offered at the new Derby location, they may be added in future once the facility is open.

For more information about Derby Racecourse visit their website by clicking here.