Women’s boxing club opens up in Leicester

By Joshua Solomon

A boxing club in Leicester now has a club for girls who want to take part.

Unity Boxing Club in Leicester has now opened a club for girls between the ages of 16 and 19 who enjoy the sport or want to take part.

It comes after Leicester City Council agreed to fund the programme for girls boxing from ages 16 to 19. The programme commences on Saturday, May 22, with the sessions free for the foreseeable future.  

Also, all attending will receive a free set of boxing gloves and training pads. 

Ajmal Butt, the owner of the Unity Boxing Club, said: “The council and the mayoress have always supported us since I opened 11 years ago, males and female classes have always run at Unity ABC.”

He added: “It’s important for females to be encouraged in our sport, and one of the most successful boxers is a female from our club. Paige Murney won Commonwealth Games silver two years ago and is currently on the GB 🇬🇧 squad.”

Former professional boxer from the midlands, Kelton McKenzie, who is now an independent boxing and fitness specialist coach who runs Boxercise4health, will also be involved as it is a joint venture with Unity Boxing Club.

If you are interested in joining the club you can contact them on 07976704585.

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Football pair’s Road2Pro social media brand takes off

By Joshua Solomon

Two grassroots footballers are taking their future careers into their own hands by starting their own social media pages.

Antonio Dembele and Aaron Ceasar have created a social media brand called Road2Pro – a day by day capture of their lives which shows their intense 1-2-1 training sessions, match highlights and fitness programmes.    

Antonio and Aaron have both played for an array of teams such as Sutton United, Leatherhead and Melwood FC and have now decided to add the media aspect as a way of getting attention. 

Already they have gained traction on Instagram with more than 600 followers and millions of viewers.

Antonio said: “The chances of being seen by a scout by playing just Sunday league football is very low, so we thought what would be a way of getting a light shone in our direction.

“That’s how this started really. I have a level 3 media qualification so I know I could make good video content.”

The pair started their Instagram page at the turn of the year during lockdown. 

The Instagram page has gauged a lot of attention due to the quality and transparent nature of the videos. Major sport platforms such as 433, who have more than 30 million followers, grassroots goals, tekkers and ESPN have all reposted videos. 

Following the success of the videos and updates, the pair have worked with one of the best trainers in the game, Sammy Moore, who is a youth academy owner, to fine tune their skills. 

Also, they have received plaudits from professional women’s player Ella Bryan who plays for West Bromwich Albion and various coaches from around the world such as German coach Tobias Esche. 

To find out more, visit their pages at:

Instagram: road2pro._

Twitter: road2_pro

TikTok: road2pro

Shoppers flock to Leicester city centre following latest lockdown easement

By Kira Gibson

People have flocked to Leicester High Street following the lifting of restrictions on April 12 – but not everyone is at ease with the crowds.

Shops in the city centre have had to deal with massive queues and lots of customers in the past week as shoppers flood back into the streets.

Each shop has had to deal with an influx of people, even if they have been open during the lockdown after being deemed “essential” by the Government.

The weather has also had an impact on bringing shoppers out, with the sunny weather being a magnet for punters wishing to enjoy the ‘freedom’ they now have.

This is the first time in more than a year that Leicester has enjoyed the freedom that comes with lockdown restrictions being lifted at the same time as the rest of the country.

However, DMU student Stephen Faddes said: “I think generally people are taking more risks, not only because of the vaccine rollout but because people have missed going out and going shopping.

“There are many packed venues with outdoor seating which is unnerving to see given that the pandemic is still happening right now.”

The next stop on the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown is scheduled for May 17, which will see most outdoor social contact rules being lifted with gatherings over 30 people still being illegal, indoor hospitality allowed and entertainment venues due to open.

All legal limits on social contact are hoped to be lifted on June 21 along with nightclubs due to reopen and large events and performances allowed.  

Rapid testing home kits available to more people in Leicester

By Kira Gibson

Rapid home testing kids for Covid-19 are now available to those in universities and working professionals unable to get some through their work or university.

Previously the tests were mainly for school and college pupils and those living with them or in their social or childcare bubble.

The tests come in packs of seven and can be collected from a number of pharmacies, and from rapid testing sites.

Leicester’s rapid sites include the Adult Education Centre in Belvoir Street, the Fosse Neighbourhood Centre in Mantle Road and Coleman Neighbourhood Centre in Rowlatts Hill.

However, you can also collect tests from pharmacies such as Boots in Gallowtree Gate and in Highcross, as well as Pharmasite Ltd in London Road.

To find the nearest place to collect free tests, go to maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk or to order them online, go to https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

Leicester to host a summer Abba event

By Shantelle Gondo

Leicester is bringing an Abba event to its people this summer.

The summer event will occur in the city centre on Saturday, July 3, with the exact location secured but not yet revealed.

The event organisers have started competitions offering people a chance to attend the event and win six VIP tickets plus a £500 bar tab and a luxury apartment for the weekend.  

The event will feature some of the biggest disco hits from the era and power ballad anthems including the iconic Mamma Mia, giving people a chance to sing along and bringing the dancing queens on board.

The event will include:

  • Non-stop Abba hits
  • The best 70s/80s musical hits
  • Festival production
  • Professional photographs
  • Summer cocktails
  • Glitter station

For more information on the event and buying tickets, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LU8d_Q3zA8LARkqYDPZ6AX_hKDgvHpT8krE8qlnPkL0/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3JuzNbAd58S-HnVk6nv_wUe4Q5HK4gl1ZbFevGH8171W-DvFxuinxKVWY&edit_requested=true