Leicester Varsity becomes latest sporting victim to Covid-19

By Luke Williamson.

DMUSports has been dealt another blow after the annual Varsity sporting competition was cancelled for the second consecutive year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

De Montfort University and University of Leicester students usually go head-to-head in a variety of sports every March, but this year’s event has fallen foul to Covid-19.

Josh Lawrence, Chairman of DMUFC, said: “Varsity is the biggest game of the year for us and everyone, including people who aren’t part of the club who enjoy coming to watch and support the teams.”

The British Universities and Colleges’ Sports [BUCS] leagues were cancelled in January before they even began.

No sports have been played at Beaumont Park since October 2020. PICTURE: Luke Williamson

Josh said: “It’s pretty terrible for all clubs and all their members that we haven’t even got a game this season, let alone Varsity.

“For me, as chairman, I am very disappointed in the fact there is no Varsity this year.

“Winning Varsity as a chairman is one thing you definitely want to achieve but, as a player, it is even more unforgiving to have lost the last two to Covid-19.

“Playing in front of a big crowd as we beat our rivals is a great feeling.”

The football teams did have some friendlies scheduled for November ahead of the upcoming league season, but they were cancelled due to national lockdowns in November and then in January.

While the teams haven’t trained together since October either, Josh, 21, has plans to get some football played before the end of the academic year.

“Currently, due to Covid-19, there is not much we can do but, hopefully when students are all back onto campus, we will try and get social events back on.

“Hopefully, after the Easter break, we will be able to get training sessions back on down at Beaumont Park.”

De Montfort FC can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @DeMontfortFC.