Supporters urged to cheer on DMU Lions in season opener

By Rian Fearnehough

The De Montfort University Lions American football team are calling for students’ support as they begin the season with a tricky test against the historically strong Staffordshire Stallions. 

The DMU Lions have returned to training after a hard couple of years away due to the pandemic and the tough time Leicester had with COVID.

Determined: The DMU Lions in training (Pic: Rian Fearnehough)

Coach Stuart Franklin said: “We want people to come and support the team through the first challenge of a tough season.”

He said the team would love the support for the big season opener as they look to hit the ground running. 

The Staffordshire Stallions started their season on Sunday with a big win over the Huddersfield Hawks 60-12 with the game having to be called off early due to injuries on the part of the Hawks. 

Coach Franklin added: “The pandemic stopped the team from training and playing for over a year, this caused the team to change how they trained.” 

The Lions are ready to compete in the league after a tough season impacted by COVID, the aim is to reach and win the playoffs in the 2021/22 season. 

Supporters can be part of the DMU Lions pride on Sunday at 1pm at Beaumont Park FC, LE4 1ES Leicester.

Big squad: one of the previous Lions line-ups