Category Archives: Leisure & Sport

Huncote Hornets to host National BMX Championships

Leicester Huncote Hornets, the BMX club based at Huncote Pavilion Leisure Centre, is set to host rounds three and four of the British Cycling National BMX Race Series.

The annual championship rounds will take place on 20th-22nd April 2018, with over 900 competitors and 3,000 spectators expected to visit the District of Blaby for the weekend. Riders aged from 6 years old, to World Championship and Olympic-standard will be competing.

Based in Huncote, the Hornets’ new, state-of-the-art £150,000 BMX track was opened in 2015 and is built to European-competition standards. It is hosting its first national championship rounds following a bidding process to the governing body, British Cycling.

British Cycling will livestream each round to an audience of over 100,000 people, with the track and Pavilion Leisure Centre taking centre stage as host to the competition and visitors to the area.

Mitch Barsby, Director at Leicester Huncote Hornets, said:

“We are so excited to be hosting our first national championship rounds next April. It gives us a chance to show off our incredible track to some of the best BMX riders in the country. We hope this to be the first of many big events at our track.

“There is a lot of work for us to do, but with the support from local businesses and Blaby District Council we will be ready to welcome the competitors and spectators across the weekend!”

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said:

“This is an incredible achievement for the Huncote Hornets, and we are delighted to be a part of hosting a national event and to welcome some of the best riders in the world.

“This will bring a large number of people to the district for the weekend which will be a fantastic opportunity for local communities, groups/clubs and schools interested in BMX cycling, as well as a boost to the local economy.”

The event is being funded entirely by the Huncote Hornets and supported by Blaby District Council.

Businesses interested in sponsorship packages over the championship weekend can contact the Huncote Hornets by calling (Mitch Barsby 07808 494155) & (Shaun Issitt 07703 679297) or email

Find out more about the Huncote Hornets by visiting

Man v Fat to kick off in Blaby

A new 16-week football league exclusively for overweight men is coming to Blaby next year.

Man v Fat Football is the fast-growing, innovative weight-management scheme for men. Since its introduction in Solihull back in January 2016 it has seen thousands of men lose weight through playing football in weekly 30-minute games.

With Man v Fat becoming more popular, Blaby District Council has helped to arrange a league at Blaby & Whetstone Youth Club from January 2018. The Council is part-funding the league, offering players 20% off the cost of taking part in each season.

The Blaby-based league will be the first in Leicester and Leicestershire, joining over 40 other Man v Fat leagues across the UK. As well as points for winning games, teams are rewarded for weight-loss, with bonus goals given for teams who shed the pounds.

Competitors do not need to live in the district to take advantage of the 20% discount.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure and Regulatory Services, said:

“This is a perfect opportunity for men who want to lose weight. Man v Fat is a unique league which gives men a chance to play football every week and get the support they need to keep the weight off.

“We’re proud to be able to offer the first league in Leicestershire so we know this is going to be popular. I encourage people to sign up as soon as possible to secure their place in the first league season.”

The first meeting of registered players will take place at Blaby & Whetstone Youth Club on Wednesday 31 January 2018, 8-10pm.

The league will begin from 07 February and run until May.

For more details and to register for the league, visit

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Enderby Leisure Centre kick-starts fundraising for a national charity

Fight Klub members in action....On Saturday 4th November more than 50 people from across the district joined a Enderby Leisure Centre operator, Everyone Active, in ‘kick-starting’ their fundraising efforts for mental health charity, Mind.

In June this year, Everyone Active (who operate Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre on behalf of Blaby District Council) pledged to raise £100,000 for Mind, to help ensure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre has pledged to raise £1,000 before June next year to help them achieve this goal.

To help reach their fundraising target, colleagues and members at Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre took part in an hour long Fight Master Class.

‘Fight Klub’ offers a high intensity work out by combining a range of moves from boxing, kick boxing and Thai boxing to upbeat music.

By donating the cost of class to charity, Everyone Active raised £200 for Mind.

James Naylor, Everyone Active’s contract manager said:

“We are proud to be working with Mind as our chosen charity partner. The team at Mind carry out lots of great work and are passionate about raising awareness of mental health.

“I am delighted that our members and colleagues have raised such a fantastic amount for Mind while staying active.”

One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.

Fight Klub participants in action
Participants taking part in the hour long Fight Master Class at Enderby Leisure Centre

Physical activity is proven to benefit mental wellbeing in a number of ways, including easing feelings of stress and reducing the risk of depression.

The partnership between Everyone Active and Mind will encourage more people to engage with physical activity and feel these benefits.

For more information about Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre please call colleagues on: 0116 275 0234 or visit the Everyone Active website.

About MIND

[Source/photos: Everyone Active]

Enderby Dodgeball celebrates funding boost

Enderby Junior Dodgeball Club

The girls’ team of Enderby Junior Dodgeball Club has received a brand new kit, worth £750, from the GFORCE Grassroots Campaign which aims to provide financial support to help sports teams and clubs from across the Midlands achieve their aspirations.

The Club, which was founded in 2014, has grown in popularity recently with more than 90 members aged from 4 to 17 years of age and also includes the UK’s first junior girls’ team, The White Tigers. And to encourage the growth of the girls’ team, the club applied to the Grassroots Campaign for funding so it could get a specialised kit to give The White Tigers an identity of their own.

Mark Yates, chairperson of Enderby Junior Dodgeball Club, said:

“Our whole club has enjoyed some great success of late particularly at U16 and U13 level but we are expecting great things from our U11s and The White Tigers moving forward, too.

“We are so pleased to receive the tops and shorts for our girls’ team because it means they can develop their own look and style. Katie, The White Tigers coach, led the design process of the kit and consulted with the girl’s squad who wanted something that would stand out when playing on the court and depict The White Tigers theme, which they also chose.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to GFORCE for giving our girls’ team this fantastic opportunity. As the first Girls Junior Dodgeball team in the UK it gives the team a cutting edge when on court. The support we have received from the Grassroots campaign has helped to increase the enjoyment that the girls have for dodgeball and their team and enhances our commitment to grow this area of the sport.”

GFORCE Sportswear, launched the Grassroots campaign in 2016 to reinforce its engagement to grassroots sport by setting aside a £5,000 pot of money which organisations across the East Midlands could apply to for grants, with a maximum value of up to £750 per team or club. Following an incredibly successful first year, the campaign was opened up to the entire Midlands area for 2017.

Simon Ward, sales director at GFORCE Sportswear, said

“The GFORCE Grassroots campaign exists to reward the dedication, passion and success of sports teams and clubs from across the Midlands and it reinforces our commitment to grassroots sport.

“It is clear to see that Enderby Junior Dodgeball Club epitomises everything that is great about Grassroots sport. It does such a lot for its local community and works so hard to grow the sport of Dodegball whilst encouraging as many girls as possible to take part. It’s fantastic to see the hard work and commitment from the coaches and committee members, and all the young people who are taking part in the teams, really paying off.

“We are delighted to have been able to make this donation to the White Tigers and wish them all the best in the future.”

[Source: Gforce Sportswear website | Enderby Junior Dodgeball on Facebook]

Enderby First Eleven battle hard for draw – and ‘Seconds’ show their class

After what can only be described as an ‘interesting’ week in Leicestershire cricket, the 1st XI found themselves going into this weekend’s fixture against Market Harborough just outside the relegation zone for the first time this season.

In a news item  on Enderby Cricket Club’s web page, Matt Yates writes:

Once again Steve Coughlin won the toss and decided to bowl first on a beautiful summer’s day in Market Harborough.

Things didn’t start well, with Market Harborough getting off to a flyer with the opening pair putting on 96 inside 15 overs; Parkinson (3-26) broke the partnership, bowling Leonard for a rapid 59.

Even though this wicket did slow the run rate down, Market Harborough continued to pile on the runs with Kendall and Butchart (70) taking the score over 200, before Kendall (93) was dismissed by Yates (2-40) to a slightly questionable LBW decision.

This dismissal energised Enderby as they took 7 wickets in the last 10 overs and restricted Market Harborough to 276-9, when a score well over 300 looked on the cards at one point.

After losing Patel early, Enderby started to pile on runs of their own, with Wormington (38) crashing all the Market Harborough bowlers round the ground before misjudging a sweep shot that ended up with him being caught on the deep backward square leg boundary, with the score on 77.

Next came Parkinson to the crease, who continued to keep the scoreboard turning over. Unfortunately Market Harborough spinner O’Callaghan (4-26) took wickets at the other end; keeping the run-rate down and making Parkinson take a few more risks to keep Enderby on track for their target.

When Parkinson was dismissed in the 35th over for 64 to another dubious LBW decision, Enderby suffered a mini batting collapse, going from 185-4 to 196-8 in the next 6 overs.

With the winning target now very unlikely, the in batsmen Yates (22*) and Cartwright (8*) decided to just make sure Enderby didn’t lose the game, taking them as close as possible to the target and minimising risks to give Enderby as many points as possible.

For the second week in a row, the pair stayed together until the end, putting on 39 runs in the last 9 overs, finishing on 235-8 and giving Enderby a well-deserved draw along with a crucial 11 points to keep the 1st XI survival hopes alive.

The 2nd XI hosted table toppers Shree Sanatan, looking to continue their good form of late, as they pull further away from the relegation zone.


Photo: David Haden
David Haden

Surprisingly, captain Ian Turner managed to win a toss and decided to bat first on another good looking track at Mill Lane and boy did they make the most of it! They smashed their way to 212-1 in the 33rd over with Haden (113) and Hood (91) putting on over 150 in double quick time.

When both men were dismissed quickly by Rana (4-44), Enderby looked to continue the push for 300 – playing very aggressively. Unfortunately this lead to a lot of wickets falling in the last 10 overs, but Enderby’s risks were rewarded when the team finished on a monster 291-9 from their 45 overs.

After a positive start, Shree Sanatan’s reply never really got going, with wickets falling at regular intervals throughout the innings.

The top bowler was Harrison (4-44) who took vital wickets throughout. Surprisingly, for the last 15 overs the opposition seemed happy just not to lose the game, without even attempting to go for the extra bonus points available to them, limping to 214-9 in their 45 overs, well short of their target.

Another positive weekend for the club, the rumours of the 1st XI demise have been greatly exaggerated, with them picking up critical points at the business end of the season, while the 2nd XI go from strength to strength with another dominating display.

The 1st XI host Leicester Ivanhoe this weekend, still just outside the relegation zone, knowing more points are a must if they are to keep the chasing Lutterworth at bay.

The 2nd XI travel to Birstall Village, looking to keep their strong form going, enabling them to finish as strong as possible as we approach the end of the season.

Pop down for a beer (or lemonade if you’re a youngen’) and cheer on The Bees!

[Source: Enderby Cricket Club News 29th Aug 2017]