Sport and Leisure For All

Derby deserves sports and leisure facilities that are available and affordable for all, so everyone can enjoy activities and achieve their full potential. Labour's neglect saw Derby for a period without proper swimming facilities and has seen Moorways closed far before a replacement is available.

The Derby Arena is another example of Labour's mismanagement. Plans were drawn up in consultation with the top experts, and Labour inherited a plan for a world-class venue. Yet Labour's interference means the Arena is so reduced that it is no longer able to host the Commonwealth Games as would have originally been possible, and operating far below capacity.

We will -

  • Reactivate the Sports Strategy and ensure good facilities are available for all
  • Consult with the operators of velodromes in Manchester and London to learn from their experience and get the Arena running at a profit as they are
  • Work with our local sports venues to better co-ordinate with local accommodation and entertainment venues to create a better total visitor experience and keep visitors enjoying Derby for longer
  • Partner with Derby County Football Club and fans groups to promote 'Safe standing' and support its implementation in Derby
  • Make better use of Alvaston's top class BMX racing track and develop its visitor facilities to support larger regular events
  • Launch a public consultation on what community sport and leisure facilities Derby residents actually want to get the best value for local people
  • Better promote existing exercise and activity classes for older and more vulnerable people, and seek to expand them across the whole city.