DMU Summer Football Festival a success with students and officials

By Mark Farmer

Football tournaments for students of De Montfort University were held on Wednesday May 17, for students to play sports amid the pressures of deadlines and upcoming exam finals.

The competition, named DMU Summer Football Festival, was held at Beaumont Leys following a £2million investment from the university which opened for use in 2016, was organised by Nimesh Patel.

Nimesh, 29, head coach of De Montfort University’s women’s football team, said: “Part of my job role is to deliver football participation events for students, in term three where there is a focus on exams it is hard to continue regular participation so I decided to run a one-day event for both male and female categories.”

Nimesh also highlighted the importance of the new footballing amenities for students.

He said: “The facilities help students play all year round with floodlights, and a 3G surface which can be played on during inclement weather seasons.”

The elements certainly tested the surface on Wednesday as continuous showers poured over Leicester for the duration of the day.

That did not put a dampener on the men’s champion’s team, IsYourMotherwell, however, who ran out triumphant after winning 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw in normal time.

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Tony Thiedeman, 21, smiling with his well-earned DMU Summer Football Festival 2017 Player of the Tournament trophy and winners’ medal

Tony Thiedeman (pictured), 21, who saved the penalty to take his side past the winning post, kept three clean sheets in his five tournament matches, and won the Player of the Tournament award for his trophy-winning efforts.

Tony said: “It was a surprise to win the award, I wanted to play football to take my mind off [coursework] deadlines I have approaching, but to leave as the champions and to be named the best player in the tournament was a real honour, especially after witnessing the calibre of the opposition on the day.”

“It is great that the university can organise days like these for the students who need them,” he added.

One of the two refreeing officials on the day, Martin Dexter, noted the impeccable standard playing standard and the manner in which the matches were played.

Martin said: “The players were very respectful of the decisions that I made, and conducted themselves very well considering the competitive nature of the sport and the wet conditions on the day.

“I enjoy officiating at De Montfort University as I know the sport will be played with integrity.

“The players raise their efforts at top facilities as well, which this certainly is.”

The successes of the competition make it likely the tournament will be played next year, too.

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