DMU Lions win season opener

By Rian Fearnehough

Thanks to a particularly strong performance the De Montfort University Lions American football team started the campaign with a win as they took down the opposition of Staffordshire Stallions 50-6.

The display was impressive after all the problems created by COVID, injuries before the game and the numerous new faces in the team. Despite this the team put out a strong performance proving they are going to challenge any team this season.

Coach Stuart Franklin said:”there were positive steps taken by the whole team today”

Despite the strong team performance the defence stood out as they completely dominated the Stallions not allowing their offence to put their stamp on the game.

MVP for the game Jordan Raheem had a particularly dominant performance as he stopped the offensive line of the Stallions having an impact on the game helping the Lions control the game.

Josh Seybert showing his passion for the game in celebration

International scholarship student Josh Seybert was a constant leader for the Lions during the game. Josh played a huge role in the success the Lions had in all three stages of play, offence defence and special teams, this helped the team perform at the level it did and helped make the game that much easier. 

Coach Franklin said: “it’s a great result but the team still has areas to improve and can become even stronger as the season progresses.”

This gives the Lions a good foundation and helps the coaches understand what can be improved before the next game against the Huddersfield Hawks have had a troubled start to the season with a loss and were unable to field a team for the second game. You can join the pride once again at Beaumont park on Sunday 5th of December.

The DMU Lions would like to thank everyone who came out to be part of the pride as this really helped spur the team on to victory, If this was your first taste of the sport we hope you enjoyed it and we hope to see you more throughout the rest of the season.

Leicester students encouraged to get coronavirus vaccine at pop-up clinics

by Abigail Beresford

People across Leicestershire are being encouraged to have the coronavirus vaccine, to protect them from the virus, as cases rise again across the county.

More than 1,300 cases were recorded in Leicester, the week commencing November 8, and 185 positive cases recorded on November 15.

There are worries in the community that cases are set to further rise again in December, with events occurring during the run up to Christmas.

Pop-up vaccination centres are being put in place across the county, to provide residents a place in which they can have easy access to the vaccine and contribute towards the fight against coronavirus.

Residents are able to receive their first dose, second dose and booster of the vaccine at the drop-in centres.

Last week, DMU students and staff were encouraged to attend a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination centre that was being held at the King Power Stadium.

The pop-up centre at the stadium ran from November 12-14, to give people time to make the decision to come down and visit. 

The stadium had queues of people waiting to receive either their first, second, or booster vaccine to protect themselves from the virus.

“I’m petrified of needles, but I knew that I needed to have the vaccine to make myself feel a bit safer as the cases are rising and to protect those around me,” said Charlie Atkinson, a third-year Textiles student at De Montfort University.

“After receiving my second dose, it felt like a weight had been taken off my shoulders.”

Over 68 per cent of the UK population are now fully vaccinated, with 110 million doses having been administered.

“There’s a lot of fake news that was surrounding the vaccine, which really made me worry. However, after speaking with a GP I felt much more reassured about it,” said Mitchell Ryan, a second-year Photography student at De Montfort University.

To find out details about other pop-up clinics taking place across Leicestershire, visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

Data provided by Leicester City Council – Graph designed by Abigail Beresford

Leicester City expansion to make East Stand one of the biggest in Britain

By Luke Williamson

Leicester City Football Club’s plans to expand on the King Power Stadium’s East Stand have taken years of planning but now clearer details have been released.

Planning documents have revealed the true size of the expansion proposal – with the number of new general admission seats totalling more than 8,200, taking the stadium’s total capacity to more than 40,000.

This would take the capacity of the East Stand to more than 19,300 spectators, making it one of the largest stands in terms of capacity in Britain.

Data collated by Talksport.com shows the largest capacity stands in Great Britain and where the new East Stand will compare (‘bowl’ stadiums that are connected all around the stadium have not been included in the research as it is too difficult to judge).

By Luke Williamson, made on Microsoft Excel.

As shown in the graph, the East Stand would become the fifth biggest stand in club football in Great Britain, bigger than Aston Villa’s Holte End and Manchester United’s Stretford End.

The Sir Alex Ferguson stand at Old Trafford is the biggest stand in British football, with a capacity of 25,500, ahead of Celtic’s North Stand and the Bill Struth Stand at their Glasgow neighbours, Rangers, and Liverpool’s Main Stand at Anfield.

And the height of the new stand has been revealed too – it is proposed it will stand at 47 metres tall, while the hotel will stand at 73.6m, with the club hoping that both will be visible from the city’s train station more than a mile away.

The video, made in Google Earth Studio, shows just how far the station is from the King Power.

Made by Luke Williamson, using Google Earth Studio.

Concourses in the North and South stands will also be renovated and extended – a new detail that was discovered in the release of the planning documents last week.

A 6,000-capacity indoor arena, residential tower, hotel with multi-storey car park and two-storey club store will be built alongside the stadium expansion, with varied dates of when the work is expected to be finished.

The Foxes Chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, told Business Live: “The unveiling of these plans represents a significant milestone in the long history of Leicester City Football Club, and one that we hope will continue to put our supporters and our community at the heart of its long-term future.”

The current East Stand at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium. PICTURE: Luke Williamson

The public consultation on the plans is ongoing, with the period for people to have their say on the planning application ending on Tuesday, December 7.

Leicester promises the most magical festive experience this year

By Shantelle Gondo

Leicester is promising its residents the most magical experience this year, involving an amazing Adventure Trail.

Residents will be gathered in the town centre at the Clock Tower as a community switching on the Christmas lights, today [NOV18] at 6.30pm.

To make sure residents spread across the city centre, there will be no stage programme when lights are switched on this year, instead there will be a countdown, which will be played out on speakers in time for the lights switch-on.

Leicester resident, Kelsie Howarth, 25, said: “I can’t wait for this amazing experience, this is so great for the children, and it just enlightens the mood and puts everyone in the Christmas spirit.”

The city council spent £50,000 renewing the city’s decorations and replacing worn out fixtures and fittings.

Deputy city mayor, Piara Singh Clair, said: “The city council team will be working hard to make sure that Leicester, once again, looks magical throughout the festive season.

“I’m delighted that our celebrations will return to Leicester’s streets this Christmas, with just a few changes to make sure that people can join in safely.

“I hope that our festive lights will help put everyone in the mood for a very happy Christmas.”

To ensure that everyone has a great time and enjoys the magical experience there will be many activities before and after the Christmas lights switch-on, these include:

  • Ice skating on a real ice rink
  • Meeting Santa
  • Taking a ride on the Wheel of Light
  • A Winter Wonderland interactive adventure
  • World class shows and watching classic Christmas shows
  • Exhibitions and many more.

For more information and to book tickets for tomorrow, visit: https://www.christmasinleicester.co.uk/whats-on/

Leicester set for Christmas lights switch-on

by Abigail Beresford

It’s that time of year once again! The sales have started, the music is blasting on the radio, now it is time for the festive lights to be switched on!

Leicester’s Christmas lights are set to brighten up the streets again tonight(NOV18), with the event spreading across the city. 

The switch-on is expected to begin at 5pm, with entertainment including brass bands and theatre groups filling the streets with joy and Christmas spirit.

However, differing to previous years, the countdown is set to be hosted by BBC Radio Leicester played out on speakers across the city at 6.30pm to commence the countdown for the lights.

To find out more information, visit https://news.leicester.gov.uk/news-articles/2021/november/city-counts-down-to-thursday-s-big-christmas-switch-on/