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BMX Nationals in Huncote back on track

After a postponement due to the early spring rainfall, Leicester Huncote Hornets, the BMX club based at Blaby District Council’s Pavilion Leisure Centre, will host the final rounds of the British Cycling National BMX Race Series.

The wettest March in Leicestershire since 1947 left the areas surrounding the Hornets’ track waterlogged and forced the team to reschedule their hosting of the championship series at their state-of-the-art, £150,000 BMX track.

Final rounds take place on 28-30 September 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.

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.

Entry to spectate over the course of the weekend is FREE for all ages.

Mitch Barsby, Director at Leicester Huncote Hornets, said: “After months of planning the weather let us down forcing our postponement. However, thanks to a fantastic summer we are back on track and confident of a superb weekend of action.

“In a strange way it has worked out well for us. We’re now able to host the two most prestigious rounds of the championships as the top riders battle for their national titles. The eyes of all BMX enthusiasts will be on Huncote for the weekend!”

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “The work put in by all at the Huncote Hornets has been incredible and despite the disappointment of the March rain, their organisation and planning has continued to be meticulous.

“This is an incredible opportunity for both the Hornets and boosting tourism to the district and the local economy, and we are looking forward to a brilliant weekend of action.”

The event is being funded entirely by the Huncote Hornets with sponsorship from local businesses and the support of Blaby District Council.

Find out more about the Huncote Hornets by visiting www.leicesterhuncotehornets.com.

[Source/Image: Blaby District Council Communications]

Soccerthon total reaches £11,000

soccerthonTwo cheques totalling £11,000 were recently presented to two charities after a successful charity 24-hour Soccerthon at the Pavilion Leisure Centre last year.

Organised by five-a-side team Huncote Tuesday Knights, the Soccerthon took place in aid of two longstanding members, including the founder, who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses.

The team have been playing at the Pavilion for over 23 years with the current crop of players ranging from 15-67 years old!

Soccerthon took place consecutively from 5pm to 5pm over the course of one day in September last year.

Over 50 players took part and generous donations from the community meant the organisers smashed their initial target of £1,000.

Regular members played for around eight hours each and despite intending to keep score the match instead turned into a marathon goal-fest!

Pavilion staff donated their time and free use of the leisure centre’s facilities, including the outside 3G pitches and sports hall to make sure the event went ahead.

A presentation evening took place in December, with the two players who inspired the event, Tony Edwards and Pete Carrigan, handing over the cheques to the local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), represented by Paul Johnson, with Julie Glover in attendance for Leicester Hospital’s Charity Trust.

Partners offer a dedicated sports ‘taster day’ in Huncote for people with disabilities

pavilion sportA dedicated sports taster day is being offered for people with disabilities.

Blaby District Council is introducing ‘Have a Go Day’ in partnership with Harborough District Council, Oadby and Wigston Borough Council and Ellesmere College.

The day will be packed full of inclusive activities for adults with physical, mental and/or learning disabilities.

The event will take place on Tuesday 30 June from 10am-3pm at The Pavilion Leisure Centre, Sportsfield Lane, Huncote, LE9 3BN.

Sports on offer will include boccia, walking football and table tennis, as well as information sessions about how to participate in sport and physical activities.

Admission for the day is just £2.

Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services, said:

“Our disability action plan is to offer fun activities and new opportunities to residents in the district with physical, mental and/or learning difficulties.

“I’m delighted that along with our partners at Harborough and Oadby and Wigston give people the opportunity to participate in sporting activities.”

For more information contact Eleanor Blackwell on 0116 272 7617 or e-mail eleanor.blackwell@blaby.gov.uk.

Blaby District Council retains Customer Service Excellence honour

Blaby Council OfficeA prestigious Customer Service Excellence Award has been won by Blaby District Council for the third year running.

External assessors Anne Quincey and Neil Potentier, from government-accredited company EMQC, visited the Council in February where they spent the day speaking to staff, customers and members.

They also visited Fosse Meadows, A Place to Grow in Enderby and the Pavilion in Huncote to view improvements made since last year.

The assessors confirmed the retention of the award for the whole Council and a highlighted a number of areas where the Council continues to consistently exceed the national standard including; work with partners, supporting local communities, excellent customer service, and delivering services that matter to the customer.

They also highlighted two additional areas where the Council goes above and beyond the requirements of the standard:
Focus on harder to reach and disadvantaged residents
Evaluating and improving service access channels

Customer Service Excellence Assessors Anne Quincey and Neil Potentier said:

“Blaby District Council continues to provide a very high standard of service to their customers. Blaby are not complacent, and are fully intent on going the extra mile where they can for their customers.

“They should be congratulated on their achievements over the last year and take pride in their staff’s dedication and commitment.”

Sandra Whiles, Chief Executive of Blaby District Council, said:

“Our aim is to put the customer at the heart of everything we do, and we are delighted to have confirmation that we are achieving this. It is something of which we are all extremely proud.”

Latest figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) show Blaby District Council is excelling with how well it serves its customers.

Three areas which Blaby District Council exceed the average in the East Midlands include the processing of major planning applications within 13 weeks (93% compared to 67%,) the time taken to process new housing benefit claims change in circumstances (5 days compared to 11 days,) and the amount of household waste sent for recycling and composting (51% compared to 44%.)

Results are available quarterly from LGInform.

For more information and to track the progress of the District Council’s performance visit www.lginform.local.gov.uk.

Celebration to mark revamp of leisure centre

The Pavilion Leisure Centre is hosting an open day to unveil the major transformation it has received over the last few months.

The centre, located in nearby Huncote, has a gym, squash and badminton courts, a sports hall, outdoor pitches, and a BMX track, will be hosting the family fun day on Saturday September 14.

New facilities include revamped changing rooms and dance studio, new branding and signposts, new carpets, flooring and lighting in all corridors and communal areas and a complete repaint.

The squash courts have all had a makeover and the car park has been redesigned and resurfaced. From the road new signage is now prominent promoting the leisure centre and its facilities.

Councillor David Clements, portfolio holder for Corporate Services, Performance and Leisure, said:

“The Pavilion is a well used and well loved sporting facility in the district and it’s great to see the place benefiting from a makeover. I hope this open day will encourage those in the area who do not already use the Pavilion to come and see what fantastic facilities are available on their doorstep.”

128-family-fun-dayThe Family Fun Day will have an array of free activities taking place from 10am – 4pm including live entertainment, double decker bar bus, quad bikes, song bus, bungee trampolines, cheerleading, arts & crafts, cardio walls, table tennis robot, karate, skipfit, badminton, Zumba, Konga, beat the keeper, water walkerz, bmx racing, mobile skate park, dodgeball, dance mats, cross bar challenge, face painting, sports massage, activities for 0-5s and many more fun activities.

For more information about the day or the Pavilion in general visit www.blaby.gov.uk/thepavilion , email leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 275 0246.