A new football and community hub being created with the backing of Derby City Council has reached a construction milestone.
Contractors Universal Civils and Build has announced it has reached the topping out stage of the build at Derby Racecourse, which signifies the completion of the roof on the building.
The new sports building aims to regenerate football, providing sustainable facilities for all-year use, ensuring a long-term future for grassroots football.
The project has secured collaborative funding from the city council, 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 the city council, with day-to-day operations overseen by Leisure United.
The new facilities will include three new full-size 3G football turf pitches, as well as refurbishment of the existing one.
It will also feature a new community building with a community café, reception area and meeting spaces.
The project remains on schedule and will officially open its doors to the community in early 2024.
Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, the 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 state-of-the-art 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.”
Will Gardner, business development manager, representing Alliance Leisure, said: “With construction works progressing on time we are really pleased with how the development is coming along.
“The assembled team have come together to work collaboratively on the hub, and it’s been great to see the progress being made.”
Martin Glenn, chair of the Football Foundation, said: “The new facilities at the Racecourse will not only provide a boost to sport in Derby, but also a space for the local community to come together.
“Thanks to the investment we receive from our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA and Government, the Football Foundation is working to deliver more hubs like this across the country so that everyone can have access to great places to play.”