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Derby Arena: Joanna Rowsell to host master class

The £28m arena opened earlier this month Credit: ITV News Central

Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion Joanna Rowsell will be holding a master class in track cycling to mark the opening weekend of Derby Arena.

Jo Rowsell (right) celebrates after winning the Women's Team Pursuit Final at London 2012 Credit: PA Wire

The £28m arena's opening weekend will showcase everything it has to offer and includes:

  • Wattbike taster sessions led by Joanna Rowsell
  • Track cycling master classes from World Masters Champion Geoff Cooke
  • Extreme stunt bike performances from Joe Oakley - World Record Holder, BMX World Champion and Britain's Got Talent star

Residents of Derby will be able to visit the café, check out the art gym facilities and experience a number of other exhibitions.

It is open from 10am until 4pm.


Final preparations ahead of Derby Arena opening

Final preparations have been taking place ahead of the opening of the £28million Derby Arena.

Final preparations inside the arena Credit: ITV News Central/Melissa Kelly

Sports stars, celebrities, dignitaries and 1,500 locals are beginning to arrive at the venue ahead of the special event a little later to mark its opening.

Read: FACTFILE - All you need to know about the Derby Arena


Special event to open £28million Derby Arena

A special event is being held tonight to mark the official opening of the £28million Derby Arena.

Construction on the multi-million pound velodrome started in 2012 Credit: ITV News Central

Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey and cycling coach Sir David Brailsford are to be among those taking part.

1,500 people have managed to secure tickets for the event, before the venue opens to the public tomorrow.

Midland's first indoor velodrome opens next month

Derby City Council have announced the Derby Arena will open on 20th March. It will be followed by 30 days of events to 'unwrap' the Arena to the public. There will be sporting awards, tours, track cycling and badminton sessions and “have a go” sessions.

Inside the velodrome Credit: ITV News Central

Facilities on offer at the Arena include:

  • 250m indoor cycle track suitable for individual, club, school, group and business track sessions, track leagues, and local, regional, national and international track events. The cycle track itself is made out of Siberian Spruce and designed by Velotrack.
  • An indoor sports-hall the size of 13 badminton courts, suitable for activities such as badminton, netball, futsall and volleyball.
  • A cyclist’s 'D' area in the infield, track bike storage, track bike hire and a bike workshop.
  • A state of art 140-station gym, two exercise studios and indoor cycling studio offering a weekly programme of classes.
  • Meeting and hospitality rooms available for hire.
  • A café and a bar.
  • Fixed seating for 1500 people.
  • Fully accessible changing rooms.
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