Football in Derby's parks

We have a number of sites that are used for grass football. We have developed our sites for outdoor sport and the most recent developments are the Racecourse and Alvaston Park. Having received funding from the Football Foundation, we are committed to developing these sites and football across the city.

We work closely with a range of partners such as Derbyshire County Football Association (DCFA), various leagues, Football Foundationthe FA (Football Association), Derbyshire Sport.

We operate a 'open' football season from September to April each year to support and develop football grass participation. The FA affiliated leagues have priority for league fixtures and cup games through this period. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Fixture updates and pitch conditions 

All updates and pitch conditions can be found on the Noticeboard.

Which venues can I book for football?

We will operate 6 HUB football sites for the 2022/23 football season – Racecourse, Alvaston Park, Chaddesden Park, Darley Playing Fields, Sinfin Moor Park and Moorways Stadium.

Chellaston Leisure Limited will operate Chellaston Park and all enquiries to use this site should be sent directly to 

How do I book for the 'open' football season?

You can apply for the 2022-2023 season by completing this application form.

Please contact if you have any queries.

Download a copy of the Terms and Conditions for 2022/23 season here.


It is likely, subject to the final approval process, that a significant project to enhance and refurbish football facilities at the Racecourse will commence at the end of March 2023. This will prevent the use of the southern part of the site for football and could affect other fixtures on the rest of the site after the end of March 2023. We will be trying to plan the project wherever possible to minimise disruption and also trying where possible to find alternative locations for any displaced football fixtures. However, it is inevitable there will be some short term disruption to achieve the long term goal of superb new facilities on the site and as a result, we cannot guarantee availability on this site after the end of March.

Please contact if you have any queries.

How do I book pre-season and casual games (Summer availability)?

We are offering some pitches for casual and pre-season grass pitches at Alvaston from 2 Jul to 21 Aug 2022.

These can be booked up to 14 days in advance using the Derby Active Online booking system

If you are new to booking online, you will first need to email to request a Casual Membership Form.

How do I book an astroturf pitch on a regular basis for my team?

Teams can book a regular astroturf pitch at Springwood Leisure Centre or The Racecourse. Please complete our online football block booking application form.

How much does it cost to book a pitch?

For prices visit the Parks prices page.

How do I pay for a booking?

For open league fixtures payment will be by invoice or direct debit as per our current terms and conditions.

For cup matches you can pay over the telephone by calling 01332 641234, selection option 2, option 5, option 1. Payment must be made in advance of the booking date by debit or credit card.


We will cancel fixtures if the ground conditions are such that play would damage the pitches or if playability is deemed to be dangerous.

All cancellations and pitch updates can be found on our Noticeboard.

Expected standards of behaviour

Please see our current terms and conditions.


We meet with leagues four times a year to:

  • discuss the development of clubs, football and venues
  • address an operational issues and any sport/football updates.

Derbyshire County Football Association

The Derbyshire County FA is responsible for more than 520 affiliated clubs and runs over 17,000 teams across the county. They aim to establish safe and structured football opportunities for the benefit of all concerned irrespective of age, colour or gender.

They are also a lot more than affiliating teams, through a broad range of strategic priorities and investment, aims to increase the quality and quantity of pitches and facilities, thus providing increased opportunities and enjoyment for all, such as Derby City Council Steve Bloomer pitch at the Racecourse.

Derbyshire County FA also offers a wide range of courses such as refereeing and coaching, as well as league and team support. There is a wide range of resources offered, visit for further information.

To follow on Facebook or Twitter: /derbyshirecountyfa or @DerbyshireFA.

Partner organisations

Here are some of our partners - please click their name to take you to their site for more information.

Get into Football

For more information on the initiative and how you can take part please visit the Facebook page or Twitter feed (@GIFDerby).