National and international success for Leicester’s professional sports team in the past 18 months has put it Leicester on the map. But how will it reflect on DMU?
The recent promotion of Leicester City FC into the Premier League will has led to the inevitable rise of sports tourism in Leicester. Playing home to top name clubs this season, the Foxes will bring a higher standard of football to Leicester this season after winning the Championship League.
Football is not the only sport that Leicester takes pride in. Leicester Tigers are a renowned rugby club that not only on the Aviva Premiership in 2013 but also boast 10 England players as part of their squad. Both the Tigers and Foxes have links and partnerships with DMU, allowing students access to discounted tickets as well as a chance to play on their home turf during Varsity.
Last year in the run up to Varsity, both DMU Rugby men and women’s teams were invited to Welford Road, home of the Tigers, to meet and talk to the team.
Leicester Ladies Hockey Club are most famous for bringing the Euros in Leicestershire this summer. After winning the Premiership in 2013, the club went on to win the Euros this year that they also hosted. DMUHC have said that this is brilliant news for hockey and that they are in the process of establishing links with Leicester Ladies HC to improve the game standard for their women’s team who were promoted last season.
Basketball is another pride of Leicester with the Leicester Riders securing the cup this year for the second season in row. The Riders also won the Premier League last season in which they used DMU’s John Sandford Centre as their home ground. The success of the Riders is reflected on DMU’s own basketball teams, the Pitbulls and Griffins. DMU Pitbulls secured promotion after their league win last season and will now be competing in the top Midlands league.
There have been other notable achievements in sports such as Cricket and Squash which have strong links with DMU and its respective sports teams. With achievements like this and silverware constantly arriving in Leicester, DMU can utilise their partnerships, learn and improve. Hopefully this season will be DMU’s most successful season yet.