So what exactly is Derby City Sport Forum, what does it do and how can it help clubs and groups?
The Forum was set up several years ago and members spent some time in workshops deciding exactly what its role would be.
In September 2012 members adopted a new, simple constitution (see separate listing) saying how the forum should operate.
Its aims and objectives are to promote and celebrate sport, to act as a lobbying group, to champion sport, sporting opportunities and facilities for all, and promote diversity in sport.
We are not just a talking shop – we are a meeting place for ideas, where members can swap best practice, inform others about new opportunities, and reveal sources of finance and grants and ways to raise income.
Meetings are held six times a year, every two months, with an annual meeting in September to elect officers. They are often held at different premises, kindly hosted by clubs, so that members can see the latest developments. Committee meetings are also held inbetween.
And we take action – when there was a question mark over whether the planned Arena would go ahead we sent a letter to the leaders of all the parties on the council urging the authority to proceed so as to increase and modernise facilities and be true to the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics.
Among other activities we:
- tried to help after the closure of the Ozbox scheme which encouraged youngsters to take up boxing disciplines and keep them off the streets;
- considered plans to see if Moorways sports hall could be saved;
- gave our views on the proposed new swimming pool at the Moorways site;
- set up workshops on first aid and safeguarding, which attracted participants from across the Midlands;
- given our views on the City of Derby Local Plan in relation to facilities, including public open spaces, and a consultation on sport facilities in the city.
We welcome ideas for the betterment of sport in the city. Membership is free and also includes Derby County Community Trust, providers such as the University of Derby, Derby College, and Willows Sports Centre, and sporting charities, all adding their talent and experience.
Promoting sport, sporting opportunities and facilities for all