Coach wins award for commitment to county cricket club

By Bethany Smith

The England and Wales Cricket Association will recognise a young man from Leicester at the end of the month after taking on a major role at his local club.

Ethan Hawkins, 22, of Leicester Road, pitched nominees to the post when he was named Leicestershire and Rutland’s young volunteer of the year for his commitments to Cropston Cricket Club.

He said: “I still can’t get my head around it, it hasn’t sunk in yet. When I received the letter saying I’d won it I was literally so surprised.”

After taking on a new role as Junior Co-ordinator which involves coaching three junior teams, finding club sponsors, promoting participation and managing the website, Mr Hawkins was put forward by his colleagues to receive recognition.

He said: “The club treasurer put me forward for it, I had no clue that they’d done it, things like that do make you feel appreciated. I’ve been at the club for six years now both playing and coaching over 60 juniors from six to 17 years old and have loved every second of it.”

An awards ceremony will be held on the 30th October at the Athena theatre, Leicester where he will be presented with an official framed certificate.

Mr Hawkins, along with other regional winners, were also invited to the Natwest Outstanding Service to Cricket awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground for a guided tour and three course meal in celebration of the sport.

He said: “As soon as we got there we were greeted with champagne and made to feel special. We heard numerous influential guest speakers and were personally shown round the grounds, the whole thing was just surreal, definitely an experience that I won’t forget.”

As a coaching graduate from Sheffield Hallam and now a teaching assistant he says the skills he picked up in doing his degree has helped him to win him the award.

The England and Wales cricket board awards players each year both regionally and nationally in 12 different categories including Coach of the Year, which was also won by a Leicestershire man, Club of the Year, Heartbeat of the Club and Outstanding Contribution to Coaching.

To learn more about the ECB awards, visit



Demon broadcasters scoop four award nominations

By Lily Thake 


Proud student broadcasters of Demon FM, at Leicester’s De Montfort University, bagged four nominations for student awards.

The award-winning student radio station Demon FM was shortlisted for four Student Radio Association (SRA) awards at a Midlands event, on Wednesday October 7.

The event was hosted by Capital FM’s breakfast presenters Dino and Pete.

Demon FM was nominated for the following, Best Interview: Ollie McGrath; Best Entertainment Programme: Dave Murphy and Ricky Lount; Best Technical Achievement; and Best Male Presenter: Dave Murphy.

Ollie McGrath, Demon Media Representative and nominee, said: “It’s an honour to be nominated for an award. It just doesn’t feel real. I am glad Demon FM received so many nominations. Dave Murphy really deserved his. There has been a nice atmosphere around the studio too, which is great.”

Ollie was nominated for an award, after placing a demo in the competition, for his interview with Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador in the UK.

The Ambassador made a speech at DMU’s graduation this July, Ollie submitted his details and was lucky enough to get an interview with him.

Ollie said of Mr Barzun, “He’s a really nice bloke. The interview went from formal to informal. We talked about Obama, the UK/US relationship and then we spoke about his trip to Glastonbury! He loved Florence and the Machines.”

Despite Ollie being slightly intimidated by Mr Barzun’s security team, he said it felt like a normal interview and “like a chat”.

On Thursday November 5 nominees, including Ollie, could receive a significant award, at the concluding event, held at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London.

Ollie said: “I would get to keep the award for Best Interview if all goes well. Demon FM might even get one for Best Tech, which will be amazing for them. I can’t wait for the O2 event. It gives me a chance to celebrate in London and get all dressed up.”

Hannah Rowe, Head of News at Demon FM, is proud of the success achieved by her colleagues and wishes them all the best in November.

Miss Rowe said, “I am absolutely thrilled for all of the team who’ve worked so hard. It’s not only a brilliant reflection of all the work individuals in the station have done, it also shows Demon FM is going from strength to strength as a station.”

Students wear their birthday suits in live art activity

By Alison Hart

DMU students stripped off last week in an unusual studio-based live art class.

The 17 drama studies and performing arts undergraduates used only paint and their bodies to create pieces of artwork on canvas.

The workshop, held in the Campus Centre studios on Friday 16, is part of the drama and performing arts third year degree programme and shows how the human form can be used in art.

Drama student Ceara Asbury-Dunn, 20, said: “We could take off as many clothes as we felt comfortable with. One guy kept all his clothes on and just painted with a brush and his hands. It was interesting though because at the end he said he felt uncomfortable being fully dressed.

“You would assume the half-naked people would be the uncomfortable ones, but as everyone was in the same boat nobody cared.”

Many students felt happy in their birthday suits as they were covered in paint and filled their canvases with colour.

Miss Asbury-Dunn said: “My end piece was quite messy, whereas other people had a single imprint of their body in the centre of the canvas. My friend made a landscape-like painting using his footprints which looked pretty cool.”

The session lasted from 9am-12pm and also included artist research as well as giving the students time to set up the studio ready for the activity.

A three minute ‘free writing’ exercise was held at the end where students had the chance to write any thoughts down about the workshop without thinking too much about it.

They had to pick a sentence out from the paragraph and then select three words from the sentence which made the titles of their artwork.

The creative activity was inspired by artists such as Yves Klein, a pioneer in the development of performance art whose work famously features women’s bodies covered in blue paint and pressed onto a canvas.

Miss Asbury-Dunn said: “It was definitely different and a little embarrassing at first, but once everyone felt comfortable it was really fun.

“Taking your clothes off is definitely a good icebreaker too! Some of the drama students didn’t know the performing arts students too well and the activity allowed us to get to know each other.

“Discovering how the body can create art and performance by doing it ourselves will certainly benefit me throughout my course.”

The Hoosiers play yummy gig in Leicester

By Natasha Stapleton

The HoosiersIndie band The Hoosiers played an acoustic session at a restaurant in Leicester City Centre today.

The band who were famous for tracks including ‘Goodbye Mr A’ and ‘Worried About Ray’ in the late 2000s played at Meatcure on Highcross Street at 12.15pm.

Assistant manager Warner Bates said: “We want to do exciting things be it live music or fashion shows or stand up comedy. We want to push the limits of what it means to be an independent restaurant in Leicester.”

The band’s 4th studio album, ‘The Secret Service’, was released on October 9, however they have been somewhat under the radar for a few years since their last album ‘Bumpy Ride’ was released in 2011.

Entry was free and Meatcure also offered 20% off food for everyone who was lucky enough to get a table between 12pm and 2pm, and also for anyone who wanted to take away after the set.

Around 50 people attended the gig, meaning the small restaurant was relatively full.

Warner added: “The gig came about by me wanting to push the whole ‘more than just a burger joint’ motto of ours. The Hoosiers have a contact in common with us here in Leicester so we saw a great opportunity.”

“Because we are independent we can jump on these great opportunities when they come along.”

Audience member Tommaso Turner, 23, said: “It was a really fun gig, with a great atmosphere, it was really good to hear songs I haven’t heard for a long time. Plus, the food was twice as good.”

Meatcure has three restaurants across the Midlands, one in Market Harborough which opened in October 2014, one that will be opening soon in Leamington Spa and one in Leicester which opened in June.

Into the dragons’ lair

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EXCITING new publishing ideas were pitched to a panel of ‘Dragons’ by final year students this week.

Four groups of Journalism students on the Magazine Publishing module each made a 20-minute presentation and faced questions about their major project – a business plan for the launch of a new brand.

The Dragons’ Den format for the assessment meant that each group had to prepare and practise a professional-standard presentation to be delivered in front of a panel of experts.

Tutor David Penman said: “There were some really interesting publishing ideas: a magazine for Netflix customers, a travel magazine aimed at young backpackers, a quarterly drinks publication and a niche monthly title for touring musicians and roadcrew.”

All four groups timed their presentations to the minute and then fielded questions from the ‘Dragons’, an independent magazine publisher, a business finance expert and a digital media guru.

David said: “The feedback from the Dragons was really useful and this will enable the publishing teams to make final adjustments before submitting a written report on their proposals before Easter.”

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