Category Archives: Leisure & Sport

Community Cinema arrives in Huncote

huncote-pavilionHuncote Pavilion is set to launch a new ‘community cinema’ programme.

Working in Partnership with The Phoenix Community Cinema, the Pavilion has secured funding through the British Film Institute supported by the National Lottery to become a neighbourhood cinema venue.

The aim of the programme is to bring together local communities to enjoy film for all, that don’t necessarily have access to a traditional cinema, in a relaxed social atmosphere.

The programme will focus on reducing social isolation and loneliness and improve health and wellbeing through Arts activity, supported by the Health and Arts Development Service.

The first screening will be the BFG, a family favourite on Saturday 17th December at 10:30am.

Tickets are available in advance from the Pavilion reception for £3.50 or £4.50 on the door.

Concessions and group tickets are also available.

For more information about the programme or to book the tickets please contact The Pavilion Team on 0116 275 0246 or email

International Brass Tutors to lead Youth Band Training Weekend in Lutterworth

enderby-band-1Enderby Youth and Junior Bands are pleased to announce that Yamaha have generously provided significant funding to cover the tuition costs of a team of expert Neo Brass tutors to lead a Youth Brass Band Training weekend at Lutterworth College.

The event will take place over the weekend of Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September 2016. Each day will begin at 9.15am and finish around 5.00pm.

Russell Gray, one of the world’s leading exponents in the art of cornet playing, will direct the weekend course. Russell is currently much in demand as a conductor of leading brass bands throughout Europe. He will be assisted by Lucy Cutt who will lead the Flugel and Tenor Horn sections. Lucy is currently a lead soloist with the famous Faireys Band.

Steve Walsh will lead the Euphoniums and Baritones. Steve has performed as principal Euphonium with many of the UK’s greatest brass bands and has a huge range of accolades under his belt including the European Brass Band Championships, the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, the British Opens and many solo prizes.

To complete the quartet, Simon Gresswell, Musical Director of the Enderby Band, will provide tuition to the Bass sections.

Simon is a former member of Black Dyke Mills, Desford Colliery, Faireys, YBS and the Brighouse & Rastrick Bands. He is frequently called upon as a tutor of lower brass in the UK and Europe and has been the development artist for the new Yamaha Neo BBb Tuba.

Ryan Richards of Tredegar Band has been brought in by Enderby Youth Band to lead the Trombone sectionals, and there will also be specialist percussion teaching provided.

Members of the Enderby Band Organisation will be on hand to support the work of the Yamaha tutors throughout the weekend to ensure that players of all abilities feel completely supported as they tackle a wealth of good quality challenging music, as well as providing pastoral support to the youngsters throughout the two days.

Participants in the course will be divided into two bands:

  • A junior band for players from beginner standard up to Grade 2 standard.
  • A main band for players of Grade 3 standard and above.

The weekend will be a mixture of full band rehearsals and sectionals, with regular breaks to enable the players to socialise.

The course will conclude with a play through of the music learned by both bands on the Sunday afternoon to which parents and friends are warmly invited.

The cost of the whole weekend is only £10. Further details and application forms are available by email from Catherine Owen on


Pavilion Family Fun Day

69659-blab-charity-fun-day-ad-artworkThis weekend sees the Pavilion Leisure Centre throw open its doors for a fantastic Family Fun Day.

Taking place at the centre on Sports Field Lane, Huncote, LE9 3BN, the FREE event gives families a chance to enjoy the last few days of the warm weather at Blaby District Council’s leisure centre.

Starting at 10am, the day will feature activities both inside and out. Activities including Stalls, inflatables, bubble football and the skate park will be available outside. Inside the whole leisure centre will be open, including drop-in squash and badminton, gym sessions and toddler town.

The hugely anticipated Manchester Derby will also be available to watch in the licensed bar from 12:30pm.

All proceeds raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

For more information about the open day, call 0116 275 0246 or e-mail


Activities on Offer:

Huncote Hornets – BMX Club Promotion (With Show)
Burger Vans
Huncote Harriers Running Club
Lemon Jelly Performing Arts Group
Slimming World
Pet Food Stall
Craft Stall
Cake Stall
Sure Start Centre
Popcorn / Candy Floss
Ice Cream Van
Fire Service
Police Car
Bubble Football
Wheels Skate Park
Drop in 3G Football

Inside the Pavilion Leisure Centre

Drop in Squash
Drop in Badminton
Toddler town
Winstanley Wizards – Table Tennis Robot
Gym Sessions
Fast Classes
Gym Tasters
Personal Trainer Sessions
Staff Bake Off
Teas and Coffees Available
Bar Licence Extended
Manchester Derby – Sky Sports 1

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Huncote Pavilion Holiday Club 2016

DSC_0101The Pavilion Holiday Club for all children aged from 5-14 years old is back for the summer holiday, running every weekday from Monday 18 July to Friday 26 August 2016.

Every action-packed day runs from 9am-4pm, with day rates just £12 per child.

Prices for Early Risers, from 8am-9am, and late leavers from 4pm-5pm are just an additional £1.50 each.

Using the fantastic facilities available at the Pavilion Leisure Centre in Huncote, staff running the club will lead the youngsters in a range of great activities.

Popular sports on offer will include football, tennis, badminton and tag rugby.

Children can also try dodgeball, table tennis, parachute games, and orienteering.

There will also be a huge range of non-sporting fun, including arts and crafts, problem solving, quizzes, baking and board games.

Places are limited each day so book early to avoid disappointment by calling 0116 275 0246. For more information visit

Public Vote for local BMX club’s National Lottery funding bid

Huncote-Hornets-LogoA nationally acclaimed BMX track has been shortlisted in a public vote for National Lottery funding.

The track, on the site of the Pavilion Leisure Centre in Huncote, is home to the Huncote Hornets; a renowned BMX club and home to some of the best riders in the world.

Opened in September 2015, the new track was funded with contributions from Sport England, Leicestershire & Rutland Sport, Huncote Parish Council and Blaby District Council.

Within weeks of opening the new track hosted British cycling’s 2015 Midlands’ BMX Championships.

The club needs to raise £17,000 to install floodlighting to ensure it can use the new track all year round.

It has made it to the final stages of the National Lottery Awards, with the winner of the vote awarded £3,000.

The prestigious track is the only national standard track in Leicestershire, while the club has also been asked to consider hosting BMX’s National Race Series or the British Championships.

Olympic presence

Now an Olympic sport since its inception at London 2012, riders from the Hornets have represented Great Britain at the BMX World Championships. Members of the club range from 4 years old to 64 years old, and are working with schools to actively promote the next generation of BMX stars.

Guy Phelan of Leicester Huncote Hornets BMX Club, said:

“We’re delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards. Lottery money has really helped us get our facility built and what we would like to do now is get the track floodlit so we can use it all year round.

“It’s easy to vote so we’re hoping people support us, as it would make such a massive difference to how much use we could get out of our facility. It would also be a fantastic reward for everyone involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work.”

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Health & Leisure Services, said:

“Huncote Hornets have made a fantastic use of our land and have an excellent, nationally-acclaimed track.

“We’re proud to have them on the site of our leisure centre, and I’d encourage everyone to vote for them for National Lottery funding to help this fantastic club continue to grow.”

To vote for the Leicester Huncote Hornets before Wednesday 20 July,
or call 0844 836 9697*.

For more information about the club

*Calls Cost 5p max (a connection charge may be applied by some networks. Please check with your provider)