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Leicester City’s Kevin Phillips celebrates his winning goal against AFC Bournemouth by mocking his age and pretending to have a bad back. Turn overleaf for our in-depth interview with him.

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SPORT With over 20 years of experience playing football at the highest level, including eight caps for England, it’s hard to know where to start when discussing the achievements of Leicester City striker Kevin Phillips. The veteran front man, who has won four promotions to the Premier League during his career to date, joined Nigel Pearson’s Foxes in January 2014. Setting up David Nugent’s winner against Leeds United on his City debut and scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth in February, Phillips’ impact has been almost instant. At 40-years-of-age, Phillips – who has also played for Watford, Sunderland, Southampton, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City, Blackpool and Crystal Palace – has his sights set on a fifth promotion to the top flight, as Leicester City continue their incredible campaign. So, where to begin? The start would seem the most logical place… Kevin, what were the early memories of football that brought the game to your attention? I’d say it was the World Cup in Mexico in 1986. I remember being allowed to stay up and watch the World Cup and the game I always remember is the group game against Poland, where Gary Lineker scored a hat-trick. That was my first memory of witnessing professional football. I played from a young age and I was a schoolboy at Southampton. My main memory of those days was my dad taking me to places like Slough and Harlow for training sessions, before travelling down to Southampton on a Sunday for games.

Southampton released you when you were 16-years-old and you went on to play non-league football before being spotted by Watford. Did you think at one stage that professional football may not happen for you? A little bit, I suppose. I had very good people around me, my parents and the family that I lived with down in Southampton. They all helped me and I wrote to every football club when I left, trying to get a trial. As soon as I moved away from Southampton, I was determined to prove people wrong. I kept working hard and I would stay in on a Friday night when all of my mates were going out. Even though I was playing non-league on a Saturday, I wanted to do things right, because I believed I had a chance. After two-and-a-half years, I managed to get that chance and

as soon as it was presented to me, I wasn’t going to let it go. You enjoyed a hugely successful six years with Sunderland, where you gained international recognition and won the European Golden Shoe in 2000, having scored 30 goals that season. Do you reflect on your time at Sunderland as a high point in your career? Yes and no; when I look back on my time at Sunderland it was a great period, but if we achieve promotion at Leicester City this season that will go down as another great period in my career. In terms of making a name for myself and getting an opportunity on the national and European scene, winning the European Golden Shoe, my time at Sunderland is certainly something that I will always remember and it will remain one of


the closest clubs to my heart. It’s the place that I made my name at and I’ve left some records up there that haven’t been broken. It’s a fantastic place to play football and I had a great time there. Whenever I get the chance to go back there or cover the game for Sky, I’m always willing to do it because I have a very good bond with the football club. I was told by Glenn Roeder, who was my manager at Watford, that Sunderland is the best place to play football in the world if it’s going well – but it’s the worst place in the world if it’s not. Fortunately for me, for five years at least, it went very well. The supporters there were fantastic. You had an opportunity to return to Southampton after your time at Sunderland. Was part of the motivation to return to the Saints so as to settle some unfinished business and prove that they were wrong to let you go as a youngster? Yeah, there was part of that. When it was clear that I was leaving Sunderland, it was a big move for me to go from one end of the country to the other. It was a chance to go back to a club that I have very fond memories of and it had a special place in my heart. At the time, Gordon Strachan was in charge and James Beattie was scoring a lot of goals up front, so it felt right. I didn’t want to leave Sunderland, but financially I needed to get off the wage bill and the club had to make cut backs because of relegation. As soon as I knew that I’d be leaving, that was the club I wanted to go to and I wanted to prove to the people that released me at the time that they were wrong to do so. On the other hand, it was probably the best thing that could have happened, because I spent two years as an apprentice as a

back. If they hadn’t released me, I may not have had the opportunity to play up front. How do you reflect upon your time playing for England? I’ve been lucky enough to play for my country eight times and I think I was in every squad for just over two years. I went to Euro 2000 too, so I can’t really moan. There’s a bit of frustration, because if I scored 20 or 30 goals in the Premier League now, I’d be guaranteed a starting place in the team today. However, when you look at the strikers that were playing at the same time as me in my England days, it far exceeds what is in the Premier League now. There were five or six

top-class strikers at the time, so in my mind I did well to get eight caps! I’ll always be grateful for those eight caps, because I know that there are a lot of footballers that would love the chance to have had that opportunity. What are your thoughts on the current England side heading into the World Cup this summer? I feel that we all tend to get carried away going into international tournaments and there’s a lot of media hype. We saw, in the recent friendly against Denmark, that there’s an exciting future with the young guns that came on in Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw. Will it be too soon for them; I don’t know.

The main thing is taking each game as it comes and I’m sure that Roy Hodgson will pick a team that will win games. I hope that there is some youth out there, but it will be what it will be. If England can progress to the knock-out stages, I’m sure they’ll have as good a chance as any. What do you feel have been the key factors in allowing you to play at the top level for as long as you have? Blimey…I think it’s basically a mixture of everything; keeping fit, eating the right things and having an enthusiasm for the game. Playing for the right manager is important; somebody that knows the best way of looking after you. At the end of the day it boils down to the willingness and drive to get up each morning when you have aches and pains, get in your car and drive to wherever you are playing, and get out and train. I try to give my all in training, even though I may have my off days! I think that coming into the game a bit later may have helped too.

at Crystal Palace not playing any football at all. I just wanted to get on the pitch and help the lads, but we’ll see what happens. If that natural progression takes me on to coaching, then it will happen. I’ll look forward to taking a holiday first! You have two sons playing football now, one at Derby County and another at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Did they naturally get interested in playing? Yes, very much so. I’m not a dad that pushes them. Obviously, they see their dad playing and boys always want to kick a ball about. I took them along to their Sunday team before they joined their clubs and they were scouted by Wolves and Derby. Now, I’m taking them everywhere practically every night of the week. I may as well be a full-

time coach! I’m definitely a full-time taxi driver! It’s great to see them both enjoying playing football. You have achieved four promotions from the Championship to the Premier League. How much would it mean to you to achieve a fifth with Leicester City? It will mean as much as all of the promotions I have been a part of previously. Anything I achieve in these later years of my career probably means more to me than those I achieved early on in my career. Gaining promotion with Crystal Palace last year was a fantastic feeling at 40-years-old. Things that happen later in your career you treasure and appreciate more, because more than likely, this (with Leicester City) would be my last promotion. It would be very special.

Do you have any regrets? No, none at all. Personal issues perhaps; I lost my dad before I started playing football, so he’s never got to see me achieve what I have. However, in terms of football, I don’t think you can have regrets. You do everything at the time for a reason, so I don’t have regrets. Since signing for Leicester City, has there been any discussion between you, Nigel Pearson and the staff here about you making the transition into coaching? It’s been discussed. I’d be keen to make that switch at some point and I think that the gaffer and Shakey (assistant manager Craig Shakespeare) were keen for me to do it straight away, but after having a chat I said that I wanted to focus on coming in and playing. I spent the first part of the season




SPORT At just 24-years-old, Georgia Jones’ experience within the game of basketball is quite incredible. The Loughborough Riders Women point guard arrived in Leicestershire last summer, having previously played for Manchester Mystics and Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Returning to England briefly, Georgia would go on to enjoy a halfseason spell playing for Romania’s Cluj-Napoca, commencing her professional career. And, whilst the Manchester-born guard’s CV looks impressive enough, it’s the achievements representing Great Britain that stand out above all others. Jones has represented Great Britain at every age group available since the nation’s basketball set-up was established the best part of a decade ago, and was handed a firstever senior cap at the age of 16. Georgia is seemingly happy in Loughborough, where she currently combines playing for the Riders and Loughborough Students’ women sides, alongside studying for a Masters in Sports Management at Loughborough University. “I knew quite a few people before I came down here, so that made the transition much easier,” Jones told Soar Magazine. “As far as the season is concerned, we’ve been a little up and down but we’re definitely heading in the right direction. I’m enjoying my basketball in Leicester.”

provides players with a platform to gain opportunities in the United States, whilst allowing experienced players the ability to enhance their talent; something that Georgia testifies to. “Before I joined Leicester, I had played under Matt Harber in a 3-on-3 tournament in Athens and got to know him whilst I was playing out there,” she explained. “I really liked him as a coach and after speaking to him, we decided on a few things that I needed to improve on.

Loughborough Riders Women, her father, Jeff, is head coach of Riders’ BBL rivals Manchester Giants, whilst brothers James and Callum play in Manchester under their father. As a result, it was destined that Georgia, the youngest of the Jones clan, would follow in their footsteps, despite flirting with the idea of other sports.

Whilst last season’s all-conquering men’s team stole headlines for their three-trophy haul, the Riders women’s team has continued to progress massively in recent years.

“The main things involved playing as a point guard and being a leader on the court. One of the reasons that I came here was that I knew we would both share a similar focus. We’re still working on a few things, but I’m happy with how I’m progressing.”

“My dad has always coached and my brothers always played, so I would have got left out if I didn’t do it,” she said. “I remember being young and always wanting to be involved, even at times where I was probably too young, so it was inevitable that I was going to end up playing. They continue to help me and it’s good to be able to speak to people who you’re close to that know what they’re talking about.

Under head coach Matthew Harber, Loughborough Riders Women have become recognised as a club that

Basketball is very much a ‘Jones’ family sport. In addition to Georgia playing for Great Britain and

“It was always going to be basketball,” Georgia added. “There were other sports, but nothing


as serious as basketball which was always prioritised. I played netball, because everybody wanted me to play netball, but after you play basketball it doesn’t really compare!” With over 40 caps to her name representing Great Britain, Jones looks optimistically to the future. Having achieved so much with the national side, UK Sport’s decision to cut funding for the game altogether ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is one that has left shockwaves among the basketball community. “I was very lucky to have the opportunity to play for Team GB at such a young age,” said Georgia, reviewing her Great Britain career to date. “It’s something that I am very proud of. To play at the highest level is something that every athlete aims for. Not a lot of people would have given a 16-year-old that chance.” Unfortunately, injury led to Georgia missing a sizable period of playing time for Great Britain. Although she managed to make a comeback in 2012, it was too late for Jones to be considered for the Team GB roster for the London Games, making the

desire to feature at the 2016 games in Rio all the more strong. “After my freshman year at college, I was diagnosed with a cyst on my shin. Initially, they thought that it was shin splints, but I had to have the cyst lasered off and that led to a stress fracture. What could have been a minor injury turned into one that would ensure I was out for the entire season. I missed most of my second year in college. “I wasn’t ready to compete by the summer, so I did some rehab that year and played in the World Uni Games the following year in China. It was only then that I felt I was back to 100%, but by then I had run out of time to put myself in contention to play for Great Britain in the 2012 Games. However, I was lucky enough to be selected to play for Great Britain in last summer’s EuroBasket and I’m grateful for that. Playing at EuroBasket was a huge highlight, because I could have gone the complete opposite way (and not have been able to play). I’m still young and I’m taking every opportunity that I can. I am happy to be able to do that. “It (UK Sport’s decision to cut basketball funding) was

really disappointing to hear,” added Georgia of the recent announcement. “In many ways, I just think that it’s a bit unfair. It’s upsetting for basketball players of the future. I’ve been involved with the Great Britain programme from its first year and I have seen it progress with the addition of other age groups, which have progressed themselves. It appears those players and their progress wasn’t given a second thought or even acknowledged. “Hopefully, the appeals will prove to be successful. Whilst the basketball community is a small one, it’s one that rallies together when things like this happen – and this isn’t the first time that we’ve suffered set-backs. “I’m looking ahead to the summer and waiting to see what that has in store. Obviously, I would like to make the GB squad again for this summer’s qualifiers. After that, I hope we get the funding back! I want to go to Rio; the ultimate goal is to go to the next Olympics.” To find out more about Leicester Riders, visit


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Leicester Ladies Hockey Club will host the Womens’ European Club Trophy in June, at Loughborough University. The event will see teams from Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Belarus, two from Russia, Ukraine and the Leicester Ladies themselves, competing from Friday 6th until Monday 9th June for the prestigious trophy. A project team has been set up to organise the event, with volunteers and project managers from the club, working alongside Loughborough

University, our partners and our sponsors. Leicester Ladies Hockey Club is appealing for new business partners who would be interested in supporting this event especially in the areas of transport, seating and temporary stand and pa/ entertainment systems. They are also keen to speak to schools in the area who would be interested in running a school trip to watch some top class hockey during the event. Coming very swiftly on the back of the recent news that Leicester Ladies

has been awarded ‘The Freedom of the City of Leicester’, due to be presented in April 2014, this event presents a unique opportunity for the Leicestershire public to see top class hockey in the area and find out more about the sport and the club. This will also be the first time the mighty Pukkas play this level of European hockey, in front of a home crowd, in their long history. For further information, please contact info@ or call Sarah Treanor, Club President on 07816 855 506.



LEICESTER-SHIRE & RUTLAND GO GOLD TALENTED ATHLETE FUND Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS), supported by Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council, are pleased to support 119 talented young athletes through the 2013/14 GO GOLD Talented Athlete Fund.

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes who are currently performing at regional standard or above in their sport, including those athletes who are being recognised by their national governing bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and

Commonwealth athletes and potential medal winners. The athletes are awarded with of £300, £500, £750 or £1,000, as part of the fund, as well as free gym and swim access from their district leisure provider.




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For many women getting into exercise, or returning to an activity that they used to do, may be a little daunting, and the prospect can seem even harder if you’re not comfortable taking part in classes, swimming, or going to the gym while men are there. Across six of Leicester City Council’s sports and leisure centres there are a range of activities that are for women only – and that also includes the staff who take the classes or work in the gyms and pools. Neera Thakor regularly goes to women only sessions at Spence Street Sports Centre. “I really enjoy exercising – I’ve been coming to Spence Street for a long time, as it’s convenient to get to and much better value than some of the other gyms near me. I used to do a lot of aerobics classes and Pilates but now I tend to go to an aqua aerobics class or the gym. “The women’s only sessions are great. A lot of women don’t feel comfortable exercising with men, particularly in the swimming pool. I’m pleased that Leicester City Council holds these types of sessions and I recommend them to my friends and family.” Providing access to everyone in Leicester’s communities is





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*Venues, days and time correct at time of going to print. important to Leicester City Council. Jos Johnson, facility manager says: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to take part regularly in exercise and activities. We know that some women might feel uncomfortable exercising in front of men or being taught by them, which is why we run a range of sessions at our centres just for women and girls. “There are a lot of benefits to exercising regularly – not only does it help people lose and maintain their weight, as well as general wellbeing, many of the women who attend these sessions make friends and enjoy getting out and keeping fit.”

How to take part If you’re already a member of a council gym then you can book yourself onto a class using the online booking system or by calling the centre where the class is being held. Alternatively you can pay as you go by calling your local centre. Members can simply turn up to women’s only gym sessions – no need to book in. To find out more visit or email



SPORTS CASH FOR CLUBS Have you got a bright idea to get more people involved in your club but you haven’t got the money to do it? Then it might be worth applying for one of Leicester City Council’s sports regeneration grants. Three types of grants are available – for clubs to increase participation; training for coaches; and for individual talented athletes. You can apply for a grant between 1 and 31 April 2014.

SPORTS GRANT Grants of up to £500 are available for clubs to increase participation. The project must clearly demonstrate sustainability and partnership working and the club must also offer in kind or cash contributions. COACH EDUCATION GRANT This is for people who support a sports club based in Leicester and want to undertake some training which will benefit their club or sport. The amount of the grant will depend on the level of qualification being

undertaken. The maximum amount granted will be £200. TALENTED ATHLETE GRANT Anyone who participates in a Sports England recognised sport at county, regional, national or international level can apply for this extra funding to help them reach their potential. Grants of up to £250 can be used for travel, equipment or personal development. Victoria Ball, sports regeneration manager at Leicester City Council, says: “We are committed to raising


the standards of sport in the city and encouraging people to take part in sports, at all levels. “We know it can sometimes be difficult for clubs, and people who work and volunteer at clubs, to keep going. Hopefully the grants go some way to addressing this problem and will ultimately allow more people to get involved with sports.” In 2013 the Community Football Academy applied for a grant to train two of their volunteers. Mother and daughter, Suraiya and Ayesha Bodhamiya help at the academy, with football training for seven to 11 year

old girls. They used the grant from Leicester City Council to take the FA level 1 football coaching course. Suraiya says: “This is the first formal training in coaching that we’ve done and it’s been really useful. We both loved the training and putting into practice what we have learnt with the girls has been great. Without the grant we might not have been able to do it.”

HOW TO APPLY A separate application must be completed for each type of grant that is being applied for. Application forms can be downloaded at or you can call 0116 2333127. Applications must be completed and returned to the council by 31 April 2014. Funding is limited, so all eligible applicants might not receive funding.



Whether you swim lengths on a regular basis or just dive into a pool to cool off after a hard day at work, you are helping to keep your body in good shape.

exercise if you have an injury, are overweight, or have a long term condition such as arthritis, as it allows you to move in ways that might be painful on land.

Swimming burns more calories than walking or cycling. And because the water creates resistance it makes it harder to move than on land, giving your whole body a work out.

Leicester City Council has seven swimming pools, which are open seven days a week. As well as swimming other activities are also on offer, such as aqua aerobics, aqua tots and swimming lessons.

Children’s class lessons are 30 minutes long and cost £4.32 each for a block of ten lessons. Payment can be made for all ten lessons or by monthly Direct Debit (£18).

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Whether you are young or old you could learn to swim, or improve

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your swimming at a council pool. Lessons are held 50 weeks of the year, seven days a week - although the times vary pool by pool. ASA qualified teachers teach all classes.

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GET INTO SHAPE FOR SUMMER As the weather gets warmer – or at least we’re hoping that warmer weather will be on its way soon – you might be thinking about toning up and getting into shape to put on clothes that have been hiding in the back of your wardrobe since last year.

the sports and leisure centres – just remember to take along proof of your address.

With eight council sports and leisure centres across the city and an athletics stadium, there’s no reason not to get back into exercising regularly.

Swimming, access to fitness suites, group exercise classes and the use of ball and racquet courts at all of the council’s centres are all available to people who become a member with Lifestyle Inclusive. Lifestyle Inclusive membership starts from as little as £28 a month for adults.

There are a number of ways to take part in activities, to suit people who want to pop along to a gym or pool from time to time or those who want to know that they are getting value for money through a monthly membership. The Card is brilliant for anyone who wants to save money while getting fit – giving up to ten per cent discounts on activities at all of the city council’s centres. If you live in the city you can pick up a card by popping into any of

Lifestyle Lite membership is a monthly membership package that gives unlimited access to facilities and activities at some centres.

As well as being able to exercise and join in with activities whenever it is convenient for them, members can book classes online or by phone, before booking opens to nonmembers. Do something together It can be difficult to fit in exercise around children – so why not do something together? There’s a huge

range of activities that you can do with your children. For pre-schoolers why not try out Bouncy Castle fun at Aylestone Leisure Centre. Learn to defend yourselves with Judo classes at Leicester Leys and Aylestone Leisure Centres, or if you think you have a head for heights have a go at rock climbing at the Tower. Other family friendly activities include roller skating aqua tots, karate or family swims.

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DON’T WAIT! LIFT WEIGHTS TO LOSE WEIGHT With Dean Hodgkin Whilst most of us are concerned about our weight for appearance reasons, the bigger concern is the damaging impact that being overweight has on our health. Problems include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, infertility, back pain, joint issues and asthma. But fear not, there is an answer and it doesn’t involve some ridiculous diet or fasting regime. If you’re serious about losing weight – then lift some weight!

increase. The great thing about this is that it means you’ll be burning more calories even when you’re sleeping! Wandering into a gym and throwing around chunks of iron can clearly present an injury risk and lead to you moving further away from the results you desire than when you started, so here’s a recipe for success: •

Nearly all health clubs now offer a free trial session so take advantage of this by asking that they give you a gym familiarisation session on this first visit. You’ll then be shown how to use weight training equipment

Purchasing a variable weight dumbbell set, with 2 bars and several plates, is much better than a fixed weight as you will then be able to lift heavier on your legs and drop the load for your arms, ensuring you appropriately target the muscles for maximum results

Strength training will enable you to achieve weight loss via three means: •

Firstly, exercising will burn calories due to the effort involved so there will be an immediate effect

Compared to other exercise, it shocks your body more and so needs more energy to recover which leads to extra calories being burnt after the workout and over time this small number will add up to a big change in your shape

Finally, strength training will lead to muscle growth, which is metabolically more active than body fat so as your body composition changes your resting metabolic rate will

Dumbbells are better than barbells as they give you the option to do many more exercises, ensuring you never get bored

Check out YouTube for a wide range of weight training exercises you can try at home. Aim for 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions of each exercise and alternate exercises between upper and lower body as this has been shown to boost calorie burn

Remember to always warmup with gentle mobilising movements and always seek advice from your GP before starting a new exercise plan, particularly if you have any concerns about your health status

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SOAR MEDIA PARTNERS WITH COUNTY FA The Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association (L&RCFA) is delighted to announce an official partnership with marketing agency Soar Media. Soar Media will provide specialist public relations consultancy services to the L&RCFA, as part of a one-year agreement, with particular focus on press release distribution, website content and social networking support. Leicestershire and Rutland County FA Chief Executive, Keith Murdoch, said: “We are looking forward to working with Soar Media, as part of our commitment to our overall communications strategy.

“Ensuring that we maintain and improve the way we engage with our members, through traditional and contemporary methods, is of paramount importance and this agreement will offer us the support we require.”

myriad of areas and campaigns, and our team is excited to be working with such a respected organisation.” The partnership began formally on 1 March.

Soar Media Communications Director, Dean Eldredge, said: “We are very proud to have established this formal partnership with the Leicestershire and Rutland County FA. “Our remit will be to offer support to the existing team at the County FA on marketing and communications issues, across a


Going smokefree with e-cigarettes I picked up one of those e-cigs when I bought a newspaper, thought it was a bit rubbish There are more sophisticated models now that you fill up yourself with nicotine liquid. The liquid comes in many flavours and strengths, and can be adapted to your own taste. We hear from vapers that these ‘second generation’ models are much more likely to keep you not wanting a ‘regular’ cigarette. Vapers? Vaping is the term for using e-cigs, because there’s no smoke (so it’s not smoking). What’s coming out is vapour, hence vaping. I’d be worried about the dangers of these e-cigs People smoke for the nicotine, but they die from the carbon monoxide and the tar. Both these deadly chemicals come from burning tobacco, and this isn’t how e-cigs work. The nicotine is inhaled with the vapour, and that comes from warming up the liquid with a battery in the device. A Leicester GP says this is like comparing

a skyscraper (smoking) with a doorstep (vaping) in terms of the harm that it can do. Can you use them indoors? As they don’t give off smoke, it doesn’t break the law to use them indoors. However, many pubs, clubs and workplaces still don’t want them used indoors as it can lead to confusion about whether someone’s smoking or vaping, and they worry that it may give a poor image of the company if it’s a workplace. Won’t e-cigs make it more normal to smoke again? The opposite may very well be true, that as smokers see vapers and talk to them about how much better they feel and how much money they are saving, more people switch to e-cigs. What’s in it for the Stop Smoking Service? Stop is there to help people quit smoking. We’ve got a lot of licensed products (nicotine replacement therapy, Champix and Zyban) that we can use

with smokers to help them quit. However, we’ve listened to service users who want to try e-cigs to quit smoking, and we’re keen to help with that, to reduce the number of people harming their health with smoking. What’s in it for me? If you use Stop to quit, and you want to use e-cigs, you’d buy your own products. We can’t give them to you, because they’re not licensed as medication yet. Anyone who stops smoking, using their own e-cigarettes, in combination with the support offered by Stop, will get a voucher as a thank-you if they take part in a follow-up survey. What do I do? Call Stop on 0116 295 4141 and say that you’d like to see an advisor. We’re looking forward to hearing from you. Stop is an e-cig-friendly service

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Turn overleaf for a special two page feature on Leicester Market’s indoor traders and their fabulous and varied produce.


LEICESTER FOOD HALL FRESH PRODUCE AT GREAT PRICES SINCE 1975 Leicester’s Market’s Indoor Food Hall has everything you need to create an unforgettable culinary experience, whether you’re cooking for friends, family or hosting that special occasion. We’re open every Tuesday through to Saturday, so as to ensure that we help people in Leicester get what they need all year round. Featuring a plethora of stalls, the Indoor Food Hall delivers only the best fresh meats, fish and cheeses – with our wide-range of traders specialists when it comes to delivering quality and service. Avoid the chaos of your supermarket and head down to enjoy Leicester Market’s unique character and incredible selection of produce – we guarantee it’s a better selection than any supermarket! If you’re in need of any advice, our friendly traders are on hand to deliver cooking and preparation tips, in addition to any help when it comes to knowing what size bird or joint you need to buy.

There’s excitement in the air too, as our Indoor Market traders wait in anticipation to move into a brandnew purpose built Indoor Food Hall, which is set to open in the coming months. With its stunning glass façade and spacious interior, shoppers will be able to enjoy a lighter, modern feel to the Indoor Foodhall, where our traders will be providing the same great service.

Whatever it is that you’re after; Leicester’s Indoor Food Hall has it – delicious food at unbeatable prices. And, if that’s not enough, you can enjoy the huge selection of fruit and veg stalls in our outdoor market, trading Monday - Saturday. Support local traders this year – and get your food shopping sorted at Leicester Market’s Indoor Food Hall.


“ “ We’ve got a brilliant selection of fresh fish and poultry and urge shoppers to come down and perhaps try something a little different. Pheasant or goose for dinner makes a great alternative.” Stuart Gibson of F B Gibson & Sons

We’ve got a huge choice of products, all fresh and local, so it’s brilliant to see that customers still rely on us for their staples instead of the supermarkets. Don’t forget, we’re open every day between Tuesday and Saturday” Adrian Pole of Country Fayre


Country Fayre Locally-sourced bacon, pork pies, Pukka Pies, cooked meats and a wide range of cheese

Sykes Butchers Extensive selection of beef, lamb, homemade speciality sausages. Bradgate Park venison is also now in stock!

F B Gibson & Son Fabulous selection of fresh fish, local farm eggs and poultry.

Frank Lee & Sons Pork chops and loin steaks, whole belly of pork and juicy steaks.

Myoz Sausages Polish speciality meats and sausages, including salami, smoked bacon, Krakow steamed sausage and meat loaf.

Edward’s Butchers Locally-sourced beef, steak, free range pork, 100% beef burgers.

L B Hunt Wild salmon, wild turbot, halibut steaks, salmon steaks, squid, oysters, monkfish and tuna steaks; perfect for something different!

Sherwin’s Cheese Stall Assorted local and speciality cheeses, including Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, Kickass Cheddar and Lincolnshire Poacher. Sherwin’s is Leicester’s only tripe stall.

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Having played over 700 gigs across the country over a number of years, things are about to get busy for Leicestershire rock trio Skam. The band, comprising of singer and guitarist Steve Hill, bass player Matt Gilmore and Ray ‘X Ray’ Peverill, have been playing together for the past five years, whilst Steve and Matt have been playing for many years prior to the current line-up collaborating. During those five years, Skam have completed two UK and Ireland tours, and played a number of headline shows and festivals, including the Cambridge Rock Festival, the Bulldog Bask and Hard Rock Hell 6. In 2012, the band played an incredible 70 gigs in every major city in the United Kingdom. It’s hard to imagine things getting busier for Skam. However, with

the band signing a record deal with Ibiza-based Off Yer Rocka Recordings and a brand-new album on the horizon, things are expected to go up a level for the Leicestershire rockers. “It is just epic,” said Skam’s bass player Matt Gilmore. “We’ve had to pinch ourselves a couple of times. All we want to do is play music. It’s just happened to become a business.” With influences ranging from AC/ DC, Foo Fighters and Iron Maiden (the band’s single ‘No Lies’ in particular tinged with the tones of Bruce Dickinson and co.), Skam’s sound is quite unique for a rock band coming out of the UK. The classic British metal combo of heavy riffs and Matt’s intricate bass-work combines perfectly with Steve’s versatile vocals, which round off a sound that blends both British and American hard rock.

“Because we’re a three-piece, we have to work hard to create the tone of the music and it’s taken us a few years to achieve that,” said Matt. “In our live shows, we now have a three-way vocal harmony going. It’s allowed us to put a twist on that classic 80s metal sound. Iron Maiden had the twin guitar attack; however we only have one guitarist, so we need to ensure that Steve can play the solos in his own style, whilst maintaining the sound we want. Combining the two gives us a distinctive sound.” As Matt revealed, it was whilst supporting established bands The Union and The Answer that things progressed rapidly for Skam. “We attracted a lot of attention from organisations in the industry, so it only seemed natural for us to approach them with our demos,” he said.

“Off Yer Rocka rang me from their headquarters in Ibiza and told me they were playing our demo and loved it. The next time we were rehearsing, I said to the lads ‘I think we’ve cracked it’. “They were silent; they thought I was joking!” Later this year, Skam are set to release ‘Peacemaker’, their second album and the follow-up to their 2011 debut, ‘It’s Come To This’. After enjoying relative success from the initial album, which saw third single ‘Massacre’ receive considerable airplay on radio station Planet Rock, Skam are excited about the prospect of delivering new material, with the band already releasing the first single from the new album, ‘Rivers’. Fans can expect a similar sound to the second instalment, however, as Matt revealed, there is always the aim of creating something different.

“Rivers is all about the modern day being this rat race,” said Matt of the track. “There’s a little bit of everything on the (new) album, though. The songs tackle different scenarios around the world. “When it comes to song writing, we have a different approach to each song. We all have an input on the writing side, but we’re all different. I tend to write lyrics first and put a melody to that, before adding the chords around it. Steve, on the other hand, comes up with a riff and we put the lyrics around that. Being a drummer, Ray isn’t a real musician (laughs), so he writes lyrics and lyrics alone, that’s how we work and why the writing credit will just read ‘Skam’. “The new album is the same, but different, which is a weird thing to say,” he added.

“It’s corny, but in many ways, the Skam sound is a tribute to rock. We never set out to be an AC/ DC tribute band, but there will probably be a few songs like that. We have songs about politics, love, heartache; but we’ll write about a house if it inspires us! “The new album goes from threechord rock to prog rock with a 15-minute solo, so if I’m suited to speak on behalf of our fans, I can definitely say that they can expect more of the same ethos; a combination of different rock styles.” Two tours have already been confirmed for Skam this year, with a number of dates also confirmed in Leicestershire over the course of 2014. To find out more about Skam, and to see a full list of dates, visit




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Having enjoyed 14 seasons with Leicester Tigers, hooker George Chuter has been present for some of the club’s greatest triumphs. Commencing his career with Saracens in 1996, shortly after the start of rugby union’s professional era, London-born Chuter arrived at Leicester in 2000, having previously taken a short break from the game in order to travel the United States of America and Australia. Following his arrival at Welford Road, Chuter competed with Richard Cockerill and Dorian West for a place in the starting XV, and went on to be part of a Tigers squad that dominated Premiership and European rugby at the turn of the century. With six Premiership crowns, two European cups and a brace of AngloWelsh titles to his name as a Leicester player, it’s been an incredible Tigers career for Chuter, who turns 38 in July. As his illustrious playing career comes to its inevitable close, Chuter sits down with Soar Magazine to reflect on a memorable 14 campaigns… Chris Mortley: 14 seasons at Leicester Tigers is an incredible achievement in itself. Did you ever imagine that you would be with Leicester for such a long time?

George Chuter: Not really. I didn’t really have too many long-term goals or any long-term plans, but when I joined Leicester it was the right time for me. I’ve had some ups and downs over the course of those 14 seasons, and there have probably been a few occasions that I considered leaving, but I stuck with the club and I’m pleased to have done so. CM: What has been key to you enjoying such a lengthy career with Leicester? GC: I think that I suit the club and the club suits me. In many ways, I suppose it’s not a natural match. Growing up, I hadn’t really heard

of Leicester until I joined Saracens – and after that I didn’t really like them much, because Leicester were Saracens’ main rivals at the time! There are a lot of players at the club that have played for Leicester from day one, like Ben and Tom Youngs, but that’s obviously not the case for me. Once I got here, I adapted to the training and the people, and everything suited me. In all honesty, I struggle to imagine playing anywhere else now. CM: What are the main changes that you have had to adapt to; both at the club and in the game? GC: In the game, there are always little law changes every year, but perhaps the biggest change in the game over my 18 years of playing professionally is the size of the players. At Leicester, its well-documented how well the academy is run and some of the guys going through there these days are absolutely enormous! There’s a huge amount of science around elements like weight lifting now, which wasn’t there before. As the professional era started, not much changed. If anything, players just trained a bit longer; so in that respect, players have come on a long way and you


have to get used to players getting bigger every year. In terms of the club; staff, players and coaches have come and gone, but Leicester Tigers have been here for 130 years and that is because certain things at the club haven’t changed at all. The club has a great history and a great pedigree and part of the reason is that so many of our greats are still around the club. The presidents are always former players and Paul Dodge, the current president, played over 400 games for Leicester. Peter Wheeler (Executive Director) and Peter Tom (Executive Chairman) have also played a huge number of games for the club collectively, so these guys ensure that the club is kept on a constant level. CM: Did it take you long to adapt to the way Leicester Tigers do things as a club? GC: Because I felt that the club suited me, it didn’t take that long at all. At Saracens, they did things very differently on the playing side, but things were different off the field in Leicester too.

At Saracens, there needed to be a lot of promotion and razzmatazz around the club, because it wasn’t particularly a rugby-strong area. At Leicester, rugby was something that was engrained in the local community and it was strange to go to the shops and have people recognise me! In London, if people spoke to you, it was to ask for the time or try and get money off you, but in Leicester they would ask how you were doing or how a certain player was going to perform at the weekend. It’s all about rugby up here, so that was different for me! CM: You took some time off from rugby between leaving Saracens and joining Leicester. Was there ever a chance of you bringing an end to your rugby career at that point? GC: The reason I left Saracens was because I felt that I had gone a bit stale and I wasn’t enjoying my rugby any more, to be honest. I had been playing for four years, and back then the seasons were a little bit longer and there were more teams in the Premiership. Sometimes, you would

only get two or three weeks off between seasons. All there was in a typical day for me was rugby; there weren’t enough hours to allow me to think about or do anything else. Taking that break allowed me to get my hunger back. I didn’t play any rugby and I didn’t watch much at all, so when I got back after six months and travelled to Leicester, I was ready to sign. The rest is history, I suppose. CM: You’ve enjoyed incredible success at Leicester Tigers. What stands out as the highlight? GC: When I look back on what’s happened and the highlights, I have to categorise them into club and country. For the club, the Premiership victories are always great and I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in a few of them. The European Cup Final in Paris (2001) against Stade Français, even though I wasn’t involved, was fantastic. The stadium, the atmosphere and the whole occasion was excellent and that’s probably one of my favourite memories of a game – and I didn’t even strap a pair of boots on for that! I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few great memories. CM: You became the first player to reach 250 Premiership appearances in May 2012 and earned your 200th cap for Tigers just a week later, against Saracens of all clubs. Do you take pride in those achievements? GC: It’s not something I really thought about at the time, and if anything I have only ever kept half an eye on appearances. I know some guys can tell you how many appearances they’ve made in an instant. It just makes you feel old really! Coming towards the end of my career now, it does give me a certain sense of pride and achievement, and whilst they may not mean much in the real world, it’s something that is nice to reflect on.


“I may have dreamt about playing for England, but never thought it would happen. I look back on my experiences with a great deal of pride.” CM: Since 2006, you’ve earned 24 caps playing for England, which included an appearance in the 2007 World Cup Final. How do you reflect on your time representing your country? GC: It’s quite sad that my time with England spanned across one of the worst England teams for a long time! The year before the World Cup, we lost at home to Argentina, Andy Robinson got the sack and we weren’t a very good team unfortunately. We had a couple of good players, but I’m not sure you would describe a number of us as ‘world class’. However, I look back and am very fortunate to have played in a World Cup Final and be in a position that thousands of people would love to be in. Realistically, growing up, I’d never thought I’d play for England.

I may have dreamt about playing for England, but never thought it would happen. I look back on my experiences with a great deal of pride. CM: You’re renowned as something of a joker in the dressing room, something I’m sure will be missed when you do stop playing. Is it a label you’re happy with? GC: It’s just happened, really. You’d probably have to ask my parents to see if I was the same when I was younger. There’s always a lot of banter at a rugby club, whatever the level, and I couldn’t imagine an environment without that. For a lot of people, all they see or care about is the 80 minutes on a Saturday, but for us, that’s just a small fraction of what we do in a week, so you need that injection of fun – especially with

the same group of people on a daily basis – to contrast the hard work that takes place. As somebody that’s a lot more intelligent than Julian Salvi and Thomas Waldrom, it’s nice to be the one that provides that, because they haven’t got anything to fire back at me! CM: As you approach the end of your playing career, have you given any thought to what you’d like to do next? GC: I’m in the middle of doing that now and I’ve been looking at a few different things. I think I’d like to get into a school or academy and coach kids, because it’s something I enjoy a lot more than coaching adults. I don’t have any aspirations to become a Premiership coach at this point, but academy or school level is something that I’ve been involved in and I’d like to potentially move that forward.

Whilst a joker off the pitch, Chuter has provided a perfect example of how hard work and enthusiasm can prolong a career in the professional game. Should he make the move from playing to coaching at a youth level, you couldn’t think of a better person to guide young players, some of whom could potentially be turning out at Welford Road in future.



Balls To Stop Campaign The Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, working together with Soar Media, began the Balls to Stop campaign, encouraging the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to stop smoking in August 2013. The campaign works with partners Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Ladies Hockey Club, Leicester Riders, Leicestershire CCC, and ambassadors Jonathan Agnew, Neil Back and Rendall Munroe, using sport and healthy living to engage with people. As the photos (right), taken by Soar Photo illustrate, the campaign has toured the city and county, speaking to sports players, supporters, schoolchildren and visitors to Leicester Market, as part of Healthy Living Day. For more information on the campaign, please visit or contact 0116 295 4141 for the City service or 01509 410 242 for the Leicestershire County & Rutland service.

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