Peaty sparks Derby pool plans

Peaty accepts the first gold medal for Team GB at the Rio Olympics

City of Derby swimmer Adam Peaty took home Team GB's first gold medal at the Rio Olympics this week, breaking his own World Record time at 57.13.

Adam's achievement has inspired the whole country and Bondholder Derby City Council has today reiterated its intention to deliver an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: "Obviously, building the pool is a really positive step forward. We'll continue to work with the City of Derby and Derventio Excel clubs about what they need to spur forward the next generation of swimmers."

Councillor Baggy Shanker, who has been tasked with delivering the new pool, has been looking at pools across the country in assessing what would be best for Derby. 

Today he confirmed the City will soon be approaching Adam and his team for their insights, as well as carrying out public consultation.

"We've got an Olympic champion here in Derby, we've got Adam's coach, Mel Marshall, and all his support staff here as well. So we want to talk to these guys and see what best suits them to bring out future stars, and couple that with what local residents want to see as well."

It is expected that the new pool will be built at the Moorways site and completion is expected in 2018. 

Meanwhile, Adam Peaty is expected to be leading Team GB’s Men’s 4x100 relay team this Friday and the Council is considering offering him the prestigious Freedom of the City, an award last taken by Brian Clough.  

We’ll continue to work with the City of Derby and Derventio Excel clubs about what they need to spur forward the next generation of swimmers.
— Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council