A new deal to increase the use of the Moorways athletics track is to be announced by Derby City Council.
The new arrangements will see access to the track improved for Derby residents with a three month renewable pass that will eventually dovetail with the city’s other sports facilities.
David Gale, a member of the University of Derby’s Athletics Club has brokered the deal after seven months of negotiations with city council managers. Gale, who is in training for Masters 400 metres competition, initially approached the city council in September 2017 after realising that the track was not being used to its full potential.
David Gale said, “At first, I was focused on getting access to Moorways for the University of Derby’s Athletics Club but I soon realised the potential to develop a package that would benefit everyone. I approached a number of councillors but their lack of action forced me to go it alone to get the job done.”
The British Independents representative for Alvaston used his business experience to demonstrate the commercial potential of the track, allowing the city council to begin planning the new package which is due to be launched in May 2018.
Gale, a former athletics coach, said, “Derby Athletic Club already has a vibrant membership and excellent coaching resources but that is limited to Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Opening up Moorways just needed a bit of a shove, so I was happy to help the city council in formulating this exciting new project.”