One of Derby’s oldest leisure clubs has had a change of name.
Bosses at Rolls-Royce Leisure on Moor Lane in Derby say the new name better reflects the services and facilities it offers.
For almost 100 years, the club has provided a range of social, leisure and sporting facilities to Rolls-Royce employees and to the wider Derby community.
During that time, the operation has had a number of names, including Rolls-Royce Leisure and Rolls-Royce Welfare.
As the complex is based on land owned by Rolls-Royce PLC, many of its customers have been Rolls-Royce employees.
However, it has always been a separate business, meaning its services and facilities have always been open to everyone.
From now on, the club will be known as Derby Leisure and Events Venue.
Boses say the new name will enable them to better promote the facilities to the wider community.
They say the complex offers a unique combination of social, sporting and hospitality facilities.
This includes dining at The Pavilion restaurant and the popular Charlie’s, as well as three wedding and function suites, seating up to 170 guests, with a bar and a dancefloor.
It’s surrounded by beautifully maintained fields and enclosed gardens, and also incorporates seven conference rooms.
The venue plays host to a programme of entertainment.
There is also a state-of-the-art fitness centre, along with a host of other indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.
These include tennis courts, 5-a-side football and rugby pitches.
The rebranding of Rolls-Royce Leisure follows the renaming of Rolls-Royce Leisure Hucknall which was carried out in May 2021 – now operating under the name of The Engine Rooms, to reflect the site’s past.
General manager Colin Bancroft said: “We’ve been working alongside Rolls-Royce PLC for almost 100 years but when the pandemic hit, it prompted us to re-evaluate our current offering and determine how we can reach a wider community outside the Rolls-Royce brand.
“Our new name, Derby Leisure and Events Venue, better reflects our role as a provider of
social, sports and leisure facilities to the whole community.
“Nothing else has changed and membership to our fitness centre remains unaffected.”
He added: “We will continue to operate with the same values that have been in place for nearly a century.”