More than 100 Codnor folk, dignitaries and local sporting heroes have welcomed Rams boss Steve McClaren to a ribbon cutting ceremony at the village’s new sports pavilion today.
The former England manager took a tour of the £400,000 new facility led by members of the charitable sports trust, which worked so hard to see it built on Goose Lane.
He also took the time to sign autographs for children and grab a cup of tea from the canteen before officially opening the pavilion, which will be the new home to a host of sports teams and community groups from around the area.
Mr McClaren said: “It’s great to see what people can achieve by working together, it’s a fantastic building.
“It just really shows how football brings people together.
“To think that 18 months ago this was just a green field, it shows great hard work and dedication.”
The Dutch league title winner and one time right-hand-man to Sir Alex Ferguson said facilities such as these are vital for producing young sporting talent.
Viewing the new changing rooms he joked “this must be luxury” when he heard how youngsters were forced to change in portable cabins for years after the old Codnor Miners Welfare building burned down in 2008.
“The benefit of this place will be for the kids,” he said, when speaking to the News later. “It’s important at Derby County Football Club that we support the community and that we support football development.
“This place here could produce some of the Derby County footballers of the future.”