DMUFC Weekly Blog (Nov 26): Players on target at darts fundraiser

By Luke Williamson

DMUFC took a step up with their fundraising efforts this week with the DMUFC versus DMURFC charity darts match in support of Movember. 

It wasn’t a particularly successful night at the oche for the DMUFC boys as we fell to an unfortunate 7-2 defeat, with the footballing victories coming from Jacob ‘The Beaky Blinder” Morgan and Elliot ‘El Loco’ Luxford.

Chairman Connor Parkinson said: “The event raised about £750 for Movember but we haven’t had the final number yet.

“Thanks to everyone who came to support the event and the lads on the night and thanks to the DMUFC faithful who brought a brilliant atmosphere.

“We all know who the real winner was, charity!”

Without yet adding in the money raised from the weekend’s event and the bucket collections on campus last week, DMUFC have already raised more than £2,100.

This is a fantastic total but with just four days left in the month, we need your help to push our total even higher, every donation helps a great cause.

Back on the pitch, it wasn’t a great week for DMUFC as the First and Second teams slipped out of their respective cup competitions.

Both teams unfortunately suffered 4-3 defeats, with the Firsts falling at Lincoln Seconds while the Second team suffered at the hands of Loughborough Seconds.

Two valiant efforts from our boys but it wasn’t quite enough in the end, now our boys can focus on their league campaigns.

Tomorrow(WED,NOV27), the First and Second teams are at home, looking to get their seasons back on track in league competition.

The Firsts face Warwick Seconds at Beaumont Park while the Seconds face Bedfordshire Thirds at the same place, with both games kicking off at 3pm.

The Third team travel to face Aston Thirds (2pm kickoff) looking to recover from the 3-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of Birmingham City Firsts a fortnight ago.

The Fourth team are on the road, travelling to Birmingham City University Seconds (2pm kickoff) looking to bounce back from a recent defeat of their own to Coventry Fourths two weeks ago.

All games are on Wednesday, November 27, so, if you can, get down and support the lads as this week could be massive for the club.

Make sure you follow @DeMontfortFC on Twitter to find out how our lads get on as soon as the results come in.

DMUFC Weekly Blog: November Week three

By Luke Williamson

Welcome back to the weekly DMUFC blog, where we have the week’s footballing round-up as well as an update on the club’s Movember fundraising efforts.

Three of the four DMUFC teams were in action this week, however it was a somewhat disappointing set of results for the club.

For the second week in a row, the First team were victorious over Oxford Brookes’ Firsts, this time winning 3-2 away from home in the league, building on the 4-0 win the week prior.

The Second Team couldn’t build on last Monday’s cup success as they fell to Nottingham Trent Fourths at home also in league competition, losing 4-2.

The DMUFC Third team also tasted defeat last Wednesday when they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham City Firsts in cup competition.

The club has continued it’s push towards it’s Movember targets in the last week, with more money being added to the total raised so far.

As we get to the business end of the month, it is important to remind everyone of why we are raising money.

Men’s Health is important to us all at DMUFC and we are extremely grateful with what has been raised to improve the treatment and raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention amongst men.

We are very close to raising £2,000 and, all throughout this week, members of DMUFC will be around campus with buckets ready to collect any small donation you want to give to help raise our total even more for such a worthwhile cause.

As well as collections around campus, this Saturday also sees DMUFC take on DMURFC in a hotly contested darts night at the Students’ Union building.

Both committees will go head to head in pursuit of bragging rights but more importantly to raise more money for both team’s Movember collections.

Tickets are still available at demontfortsu.com with all proceeds going towards Movember.

This week also sees the return of the I’m A Celebrity Social event, tomorrow night.

Dress code this week is red shorts and red socks, as the celebrities wear in the camp, with your name and phone number written across the back of your t-shirt or jacket.

As always, the meeting place is The Locker Room Sports Bar at 7.45pm, so don’t be late.

Back on the pitch, only two teams are in action tomorrow (WED,NOV20), with the First Team travelling to Lincoln Seconds for a 1pm kick-off while DMUFC Seconds are at home to Loughborough Seconds at Beaumont Park, with the game getting underway at 3pm.

Remember to follow @DeMontfortFC on Twitter to stay up to date with upcoming fixtures and results as they come in as well as much more.

Students drinking less alcohol?

By Samantha Johnston and Megan Livingstone

University students have a reputation for being excessive alcohol consumers, however recent studies have contradicted this stereotype.

First year student Khairi, 19, studying Creative Writing and English Literature at De Montfort University in Leicester, said that not only does he not drink alcohol for religious reasons, but also because he does not like the feeling of not being in control.

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“I don’t want to be taken advantage of,” he said.

Khairi said other students in his flat who do drink are ‘respectful of his choices not to drink,’ and that he did not feel left out during Freshers’ Week or any other events within the university – but the link to alcohol with activities within some societies has made him hesitant to join them.

Another first year student, Alex Clayton, 18, studying Education said: “I’m not bothered by the lack of consideration to include non-drinkers within university events as my non-drinking habits are a personal choice.

“I also feel comfortable in my choices and not pressured to involve myself in drinking with my flat mates.”

Research conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS) has shown that in recent years one in five university students (21%) are completely teetotal, not consuming any alcohol, and 70% of students only drink to fit in with their peers.

In addition to this, studies carried out by the NHS show that 16-24-year-olds that choose not to drink alcohol has risen from 18% to 29% in the past 10 years. Binge drinking rates among students have also declined, falling from 27% to 18%.

This fall in students’ drinking habits has meant that there may be an economic threat, to local bars and pubs. The manager of Soar Point, a popular student bar on the DMU campus, said: “More food and less alcoholic drinks are being served. This is due to the rise in non-alcoholic options, such as coffee and smoothies.”

An employee of The Bowling Green, another popular student pub, added: “There has been a definite decrease in new students drinking at our pub – I blame the growing university debt.”

Despite all this, the NUS study showed that 79% of students believe that drinking alcohol is part of university culture and is something they want to take part in.

First year student, Marina Themistou, 19, studying English Literature and Drama, identifies as a ‘heavy drinker’. She said: “I don’t feel pressured to drink.”

She “enjoys the social aspect of it as well as the feeling”, showing that even though there is a rise of non-drinking young people, this does not mean that alcohol is no longer a big part of the university experience for some students.

DMUFC Weekly Blog: November Week One

Hello and welcome to the first ever DMUFC Weekly Blog!

This is where you can find all of the news surrounding the club, including all fixtures and results, news about upcoming socials and the charity events the club are running.

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Here Luke Williamson, a first year Single Hons Journalism student – and centre half for the DMU fourth team, rounds up the week’s news. 

We start with last week’s results, and it was a pretty good return for the club with the third and fourth teams picking up wins.

The highlight of the week was at Beaumont Park in Beaumont Leys, the home of DMU. Last Wednesday, DMU fourth team took on local rivals, University of Leicester’s fourth team.

The fourth team were on the right side of a dominant win, powering past the University of Leicester fourth team 4-2, including an extraordinary free kick from Ben Bates to give the fourths their first three points of the season.

The first team picked up a very credible draw away at Loughborough Seconds, the game finishing 1-1.

The seconds suffered a defeat at the hands of local rivals University of Leicester, falling to a 1-2 loss at home whereas the third team were victorious at Beaumont Park, cruising to a 3-0 win over Birmingham City University Thirds.

Away from the pitch, the club remain busy raising money for a great cause.

Movember is underway and every member of DMUFC are growing their facial hair to raise money to support men through prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health issues and for suicide prevention.

This is a cause close to all of us at DMUFC and we urge everyone to help us reach our goals and help support all dads, sons, brothers and mates all over the world.

The club recently surpassed their goal of £1000, and are looking to raise even more over the next few weeks.

Wednesday doesn’t just mean match-day, it’s also the day of Social. So, if you want to come along, whether you’re a member of a team or not, you can.

We meet at Locker Room Sports Bar and Lounge on Belvoir Street, before eventually heading to the Student Union.

We also occasionally host Sunday Socials where it’s not all about the booze. We meet to watch the Sunday football and it’s a great place to get to know some more of your teammates away from the pitch.

There is also a DMUFC radio show where our chair and vice-chairman sit down and recap the week from a DMUFC perspective and, of course, play some timeless bangers, at 11am on Sundays.

This week, two teams are in action on Wednesday with the First and Second teams hosting Oxford Brooke’s Firsts and Anglia Ruskin Firsts respectively in 3pm kick-offs.

The Fourth team’s game has been moved to Monday 11th November, where they face Coventry Fourths in a 7:30 kick-off at Beaumont Park.

If you want to keep in the loop with everything that goes on with DMUFC, then make sure you follow our Twitter page, @DeMontfortFC, where you’ll be able to find out all of the details about upcoming fixtures and results and much more.

Video: The amazing moment Drake takes centre stage at Club Republic

 

By Alexandra Smith

The four-time Grammy Award winning artist, Drake, appeared in the Leicester Club, Republic last night.

After his performance in Birmingham, the God’s Plan star was set to enter Club Republic for the ‘official after party’.

The world-famous rapper confirmed speculations yesterday on his Instagram story after denying Leicester fans his presence two years ago.

Thousands of people turned up to see the superstar appear for around 20 minutes.

De Montfort University student, Hafsa Yassin, 21, was one of them. She said: “It was honestly amazing! I was sceptical about whether or not he would turn up but I was always able to get a refund of my ticket worst case.”

She added: “Obviously it was not a full concert but considering the tickets were only £20 to £30 I felt it was great value as he performed for at least half an hour and made sure the whole crowd was involved.”

In 2016, the club had hosted another event labelled Drake’s after party although the evening was cut short whilst the venue stated that the artist could “no longer fulfill the booking because of matters out of his control”, said Sarah Beesley, 28, a promoter for Club Republic.

She added: “We were not sure exactly how many people were at the venue last night but it was a sell out; there was a complete road block as it was going to be the biggest event in the city to date.”

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Drake at Club Republic (Photo: by Brad Smith)

Although, there was still speculation about the rapper’s appearance which was not helped by the post on the official Facebook page stating: “In the event of cancellation the Promoter, ‘The Project UK’ have agreed for ticket monies to be refunded”.

Tickets were being sold by the venue starting from £22 plus a booking fee with VIP tickets commencing at £50.

The 28-year-old promoter confirmed earlier that Drake would be making an appearance on stage, which had been in the process of being set up all day, “The stage looked amazing! Drake was at Republic after his show in Birmingham alongside the resident house DJ’s, DJ Dre and DJ Uncle Teo.”

Sarah added: “In terms of whether or not Drake was going to be performing or not, we wanted to make it a surprise”.

To keep up to date with the performance and more upcoming events, follow The StudentGram on Instagram and Facebook.