New Moorways Sports Village to open this month

A £42m sports village opens to the public this month in time for the half term holidays.

Derby City Council has appointed Everyone Active to manage the new Moorways Sports Village and the adjacent Moorways Stadium, with its outdoor athletics track and field facilities, and football pitches.

Designed by Faulkner Brown Architects, the complex includes a Water Park, with the only wave-creating Wow ball in use in a UK public pool. It also has two four-storey flumes, the first wave rider in England, a racer slide and fun water play area for families.

The local community will have access to a 50m pool with moveable floors and booms which can be divided into three 25m length pools of varying depths, offering flexibility for club and leisure use. There is seating for over 400 spectators. A separate teaching pool, with a depth of 1 metre, can be screened off for private hire and children’s parties.

A spa area with a sauna and steam room complements the swimming offer, and further facilities include a café area with views over the Water Park and 50m pool. The café also has a soft play area, with a separate, larger soft playroom by the main reception.

There will also be a 120-station gym, meeting rooms available for hire and three fitness studios, one with views across to the Moorways Stadium.

Accessibility has been designed into the building, with features including a Changing Places changing room and toilet, in-built steps and a lift into the main swimming pool, and a Poolpod lift to enable independent entry into the water. The teaching pool has a portable iSwim hoist to provide convenient access.

“This has been a very exciting project and thanks to a great team, we are able to bring state-of-the-art leisure facilities to the city,” said Claire Davenport, Derby City Council’s director of leisure, culture and tourism.

“Having Moorways Stadium next door, with its outdoor track capable of hosting national competitions, alongside outdoor pitches, we have delivered a wider vision and have created a real sports village for our city. This flows over into the adjacent park, which has recently had a new BMX track.”

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