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Lineup Soar Sport 06 Geoff Parling 10 Jeff Schlupp 14 Nicola White 16 SAQÂŽ International 20 Rugby World Cup 22 Free Swimming

Over 20 issues and five years later, Soar Magazine remains at the forefront of Leicestershire sport, regularly capturing exclusive content from the county’s premier clubs and those who have achieved through sport.

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Remaining well-received, relevant, and in publication throughout what is an increasingly challenging time for the printed press, is an achievement that everybody at Soar Towers is extremely proud of.

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To mark the occasion we have put together a celebratory front cover, featuring five of Leicestershire’s top clubs, and interviewed key contributors from each sporting institution, including Leicester City’s Jeff Schlupp, Leicester Tigers’ Geoff Parling and Nicola White from Leicester Hockey Club.


To continue the theme of five, we caught up with a quintet of Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s most-talented cricketers and five of the stars of Leicester Riders’ all-conquering campaign, whilst you will also notice a series of ‘Top Five’ features and standout quotes from previous issues.

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As editor, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has been involved in the planning, creation and distribution of the publication over the last five years. There are too many of you to mention, but without your involvement it simply wouldn’t have been possible for the magazine to have ‘Soared’ so strongly.

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SPORT *UTCFFOBXIJSMXJOEDPVQMFPG seasons for Leicester Tigers MPDL(FPGG1BSMJOH"SFMBUJWFMZ MBUFEFWFMPQFSJOUFSNTPG IJUUJOHUIFIFJHIUTPGDMVCBOE JOUFSOBUJPOBMSVHCZ TJODFTJHOJOH GSPN/FXDBTUMF'BMDPOTJO  UIFZFBSPMEIBTFTUBCMJTIFE IJNTFMGBTBmSTUUFBNSFHVMBSBU 8FMGPSE3PBE SFDFOUMZMJGUJOHIJT TFDPOE"WJWB1SFNJFSTIJQUSPQIZ XJUIUIFDMVC CFDPNJOHBDSVDJBM FMFNFOUPG4UVBSU-BODBTUFST FNFSHJOH&OHMBOETJEFBOECFJOH OBNFEJOUIF#SJUJTIBOE*SJTI -JPOTTRVBEUPVSJOH"VTUSBMJBUIJT TVNNFS Parling cuts a fierce and uncompromising figure on the field of play, dominating at lineouts and bursting into breakdowns, but off the pitch he comes across as an extremely calm and laidback individual. To fit in with our fifth birthday theme, we spoke to Tigers’ big number five about his rapid recent progression, reaching new levels with Leicester and making the most of every moment on the pitch. As a youngster growing up in Teesside, Geoff enjoyed many different sports, but rugby soon took over, as he explained. “I played for Stockton Rugby Club until the age of about 16. One of the coaches there, Nick Moore, gave people game time and there were plenty of tours, which seemed to be a bit of a jolly for the parents! It was a good craic and I got that enjoyment from playing rugby. “I tried to do as many sports as possible when I was a kid, but I got to the point where I was playing rugby on a Sunday morning and football on a Sunday afternoon. It was too much and I had to make a choice, and I was better at rugby.â€?

After joining Newcastle Falcons in 2003, Geoff spent six years at Kingston Park, before Leicester Tigers came calling in 2009 and propelled Parling into the big time. “It’s very different here from Newcastle, where, unfortunately, we were fighting relegation every year and playing in the Amlin Cup against teams from Spain or Portugal or the Italian minnows. As a player you want to play in big games and that’s what the move to Leicester has helped me do. When you’re training alongside really good players, playing in the Heineken Cup and Premiership Finals - those big moments and big games; that’s where you want to be.� “The good thing, compared to Newcastle, is the off-field stuff that is taken care of. There’s a guy called Alex Martin in the strength and conditioning department who is outstanding. There’s probably never a right or wrong way to do it there but they’re always trying find new ways of working. You turn up, get your kit and can just concentrate on playing rugby because you know you’ve got guys like him that are trying their best for you.� At the end of his first season at Welford Road, a campaign that saw the likeable lock named Newcomer of the Year by the club’s supporters, Geoff was called up to the England squad for the first time. However, Parling’s 2010/11 campaign was blighted by injury. “The injuries didn’t really give me any more hunger than before. It just maybe highlighted that there’s always potentially an injury around the corner and anything can happen in rugby. Whenever you’re injured, as long as you’re improving then you’re ok, it’s when you go backwards or hit a plateau that you

struggle mentally. I was quite lucky that the injuries kept getting better.� When asked about the highlights of his career to date, it’s no surprise that the standout moments come from recent years... “I’ve got a few; two at Tigers. Firstly, the South Africa game at Welford Road after I first joined, which was an awesome experience because nobody gave us a hope in hell’s chance. I think Austin Healey said something like he’d eat his own hat if we won it. The second one was winning the Premiership final in 2010. That was my first major trophy so that was a brilliant feeling. My other highlight would be my England debut. “The first start against Wales at Twickenham was a brilliant experience. I’d been on the bench against Scotland and Italy away and that first start was really enjoyable. Unfortunately we were on the wrong end of a 19-12 defeat, but it was a weird feeling. Normally when you lose you just feel gutted, but at the same time I also felt proud.� With so many Leicester Tigers players alongside him in the England squad, Geoff admitted that familiarity is a big advantage.

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“You know how players tick by getting to play and train with them. Although you get it with guys from other clubs, you probably get it more quickly with your club teammates, certainly from a set piece point of view or playing with a back and running off them; you know what you like to do.�

of coaching up at Wellbeck College occasionally as well, which is good. “It’s nice here. When you first come down to Leicester you don’t realise how nice the countryside is until you go around it, which is lovely. We lived in the town and the city up in Newcastle and Teesside so to come down here and live in a village is brilliant and we really love it.�

Moving on from England to the British and Irish Lions, Geoff, who admits he kept the summer free, mainly due to the upcoming birth of his second child, recounts how he heard about the call up and remained level headed when considering what lies ahead. “Cockers just told us at the end of training. I didn’t actually believe it until I got in. I looked at my phone and I’d got a few texts but I went straight on the Sky Sports app and when you scroll down and see your name in the squad announcement that’s when you believe it. “You realise when you get the call that it’s a great honour, but there are five guys scrambling for two positions in the same position as me. That’s the next big challenge; to get in that environment, fit in and try and push yourself forward.� Geoff reflected on Tigers’ recent Aviva Premiership Final victory over Northampton, the second time he’s lifted the trophy.

A man used to achieving his targets, Parling is determined to continue playing at the highest level and making the most of every moment, as he explained. “It is something we’ve been working for since we met up on the first day of pre-season. The final against Harlequins last year was probably one of the hardest games to take that I’ve played in. The loss was gut-wrenching, especially as we’d been in such good form up until then. You want to experience these big moments and take these opportunities.� Away from rugby, Geoff is very much a family man, who has settled well in his adopted Leicestershire home. “I’ve got a young family. I’ve got a little lad who’s nearly two and a little girl on the way so I like to chill out with them. I also do a little bit


Soar 5 Classic Quotes... Toby Flood, Issue 13; After joining Leicester Tigers... “This club has definitely exceeded my expectations. There’s a philosophy that success is not from talent, it’s from hard work, grit and determination. There’s a huge amount of belief and that filters down to everything. There are no stars here; it’s all about the collective.�

THE ONLY WAY IS SCHLUPP The cheer reserved for the welcome of a young player making his professional debut, in any sport, is always unique; but arguably more so when it comes to football. In an era of big-money signings and recruitment from abroad, fewer players are having the chance to progress into the first team at their respective clubs, which is why it is always special when a youngster succeeds. Leicester City striker Jeff Schlupp is a perfect example of such a player. Joining the Foxes’ academy at a young age, the 20-year-old progressed through the ranks at the club’s Belvoir Drive training ground, before being handed his professional debut for City in a Carling Cup First Round tie against Rotherham United in 2011; an

occasion Jeff will never forget, as he explained. “You always hope to score a goal on your debut, so to score a hattrick and to break a record for the club (Schlupp became the first player to score a debut hat-trick since Bill Leitch in 1945) was an incredible experience and definitely the highlight of my Leicester City career to this point.” It’s been an incredible journey for the German-born striker, who moved to England at a young age. Last season, Schlupp completed his second full campaign as a professional at King Power Stadium, which culminated in Championship Play-Off semi-final heartbreak against Watford, where Troy Deeney’s last-minute strike shattered City’s promotion hopes.

The promising striker admitted that feelings remain raw following the last-gasp drama at Vicarage Road. “Obviously, everybody is hurting and still gutted after what happened. The way that we managed to get into the PlayOffs, on the last day of the season against Nottingham Forest, was fantastic. In all honesty, we didn’t Soar 5 Classic Quotes... Sven-Goran Eriksson, Issue 11; Highlights of his career... “Being England manager is a big job. I enjoyed that very much and I was very proud to have had it. I was with Lazio and I wouldn’t say I was the king of Rome, but almost, because if you win what we won there, it’s fantastic.”

SPORT team working in the youth set-up at the club and I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me in terms of my development. They also encourage you to go out and experience football in lower divisions and I was able to play some football at Brentford. Playing football in League One, in addition to having an opportunity to play in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley, was great in preparing me for making my debut at Leicester.”

plan to be involved in the Play-Offs, as we’d initially aimed to achieve promotion automatically. We went on a disappointing run of results in the second half of the season that meant that the Play-Offs became our aim and, even though it went to the final day, it was something we worked hard to achieve. “I thought the way that the team came together for the final games of the season showed that we are fighters and that we never give up. There’s no doubt that the defeat, as much as it hurts still now, will make us stronger and it’s how you react to those sort of experiences that make you a better player.”

In his eighth year with Leicester City Football Club, Schlupp has become a fans’ favourite, having been tipped for first-team football at a young age whilst progressing through the club’s impressive youth system, a setup that Jeff is keen to praise. “When you look at the players that have progressed through the Leicester academy, the likes of Emile Heskey, Richard Stearman and Andy King; it makes you realise that it’s possible to make it at this club. “I think what makes Leicester’s youth system different is the team of staff we have. There is a fantastic

Although Jeff has recently received acclaim for his performances at left-back, he made an immediate impression at Leicester as a striker, a position he sees as his strongest. “I still feel that I’m at my best as a striker. When I came back in March, I was put on as a striker and I think I went on to score three goals in six games, which was pleasing. I’m more than happy to play wherever the manager needs me to. I’m not naturally a defender, but I hope that the manager feels that I can be called upon if I’m needed in a certain position.” The phrase ‘came back’, as used by Schlupp, refers to his return following time training with Premier League champions, Manchester United. The spell saw Jeff gain experience of working with some

With the Foxes’ squad being relatively young last term, with many of the players in their early to mid 20’s, Schlupp believes that the future is bright on Filbert Way. “I think that the manager enjoys working with young players and helping them to reach their full potential. We were a young group of players last year and the Play-Off experience was a first for some members of the team, so sticking together and going for it again next season is something that we’re looking forward to already.”

“There’s no doubt that the defeat, as much as it hurts still now, will make us stronger.”


5oar Soar Top 5’s...Interviews... 4WFO(PSBO&SJLTTPO *TTVF "MJTUBJS$BNQCFMM*TTVF 5PN.FJHIBO*TTVF /FJM-FOOPOo*TTVF 1BVMB3BEDMJGGFo*TTVF of the world’s best players, in addition to arguably the game’s greatest football manager – Sir Alex Ferguson. “The experience at Manchester United was fantastic,â€? says Schlupp with a smile. “To have the opportunity to train alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie was brilliant. They would occasionally give me tips here and there whilst we were doing finishing practice, advising me on my body position and things like that – but in many ways, you can just watch those kinds of players and still learn so much. I was able to play in a couple of Under-21 games, including one against Liverpool – a massive local derby – and it just added to a great experience which made me realise where I want to be in my career. “I spoke with Sir Alex a couple of times. Before games, he would just tell me that I was a good player and to go out and play to the best of my ability. He just calmed you down and made you feel like the pressure was off.â€? Despite his time at Manchester United and making an international impact with Ghana, Schlupp’s focus remains on Leicester City, as he explained. “Making my Ghana debut was a proud experience, not just for me, but for my mum, who is

“I spoke with Sir Alex a couple of times. Before games, he would just tell me that I was a good player and to go out and play to the best of my ability.� from Ghana. But, I just want to concentrate on club football and playing consistently for Leicester City. Hopefully things will follow after that but club football is the focus.� Away from the pitch, Schlupp admits that as well as being a huge fan of movies and TV boxsets, he loves basketball and has occasionally watched Leicester Riders play. “I’m friends with Jamell Anderson, who plays for the Leicester Riders. I don’t watch many other sports. Sometimes I watch the rugby and I’m trying to get into golf, but I’ve always been a basketball fan. I’d like to watch the Riders more, but the football schedule often means that I struggle to get down.� Even though he has already experienced so much at such a young age, Schlupp refuses to plan too far ahead in his career, insisting on taking things as they come. “I don’t think of football in the

sense of setting things out that I want to achieve in my career. For me, it’s a case of working hard to progress and, first and foremost, be playing football on a regular basis. Hopefully I can do that with Leicester next season and we can achieve great things.� A young man that has shown glimpses of huge potential and attracted the attentions of Manchester United, Jeff Schlupp could be on the verge of achieving great things with Leicester City. Soar 5 Classic Quotes... Nigel Pearson, Issue 3; Response when asked what he’s like away from football... “None of your business! No, seriously, I do like to remain pretty private in lots of ways, but I can assure you that I do enjoy myself. I think what’s important is a balance and I strive to be professional and ensure that I do the job as well as I can.�

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GETTING IT WHITE 5IFSJTFPG-FJDFTUFSIPDLFZ TUBS/JDPMB8IJUFJOSFDFOU years has been nothing short of SFNBSLBCMF At 25 years-of-age, the Oldhamborn forward has amassed over 50 combined appearances for England and Great Britain and claimed an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London last summer. As Nicola reveals, these achievements have been made in the space of just four years, with attentions now turning to next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Soar Magazine caught up with one of the sport’s rapidly-rising talents to find out more about her sensational journey.

/JDPMB XIBUIBWFZPVNBEFPG ZPVSmSTUTFBTPOBTB-FJDFTUFS QMBZFS It’s been fantastic. Unfortunately, we lost out in the play-off final, but I’ve had a really fun season alongside friends that I met through international hockey. Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, we always give it a really good go and I’m hoping to stay as I really like it here. )PXEPZPVGFFMZPVIBWFCFFO BCMFUPEFWFMPQBTBQMBZFS Chris (Mayer, first-team coach) is a good technical coach and has got great striking experience. As a striker, he’s given me tips, which have been fantastic. Playing with top-level players, I aspire to be like that. I feel I’ve learned a lot,because I have been able to put the hours in. Over the course of the season, I’ve played in midfield for Leicester but I have found myself becoming more decisive in certain

situations and that is because of the confidence that he gives you. 1SJPSUPKPJOJOH-FJDFTUFS ZPV GPSNFEQBSUPGUIF(SFBU#SJUBJO TRVBEBU-POEPO5BMLVT UISPVHIUIFFYQFSJFODFPGTVDIB IVHFFWFOUy We were all devastated that we lost the semi-final. For me, it was the lowest that I had felt in my career. It all comes down to little moments at the top level. Argentina won


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hobbies were the piano and dance. I played the piano to grade six and there is still a piano back at home, so when I go back to Manchester, I still like to have a tinkle. I like both watching and playing tennis and, recently, I seem to have got into golf – even if it’s just going down to the driving range. I have a few brothers and with my dad we often go down and hit a few balls. I’ve grown up around sport, so I also like watching Formula 1, football and rugby. Whilst in Leicester, I keep up with what’s

happening at Leicester Tigers. 'JOBMMZ XIBUEPZPVIPQFUP BDIJFWFJOUIFDPNJOHZFBST Our programme restarted back in April and I’m down at Bisham Abbey full-time now, as I’ve finished my degree, and we’ll be based here until Rio. We’ll train every day and have the usual meetings. We want to be able to go into Glasgow and Rio ready to prove ourselves and put on a show, whilst displaying that we’re still in contention for medals. It’s where we want to be at Great Britain Hockey; consistently medalling on the world stage. Ultimately, I would love a gold medal. There’s nothing bigger than that and it’s what I’ve aspired to my whole life. It drives me. Everybody wants to be the best, so it’s probably not uncommon to hear that, but because it’s a long way off, you also have to go with the journey. If we focus on doing our best in every game and make the final, it’s anybody’s game. That’s when you can afford to think about it.

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keep a bit of momentum throughout the year. Josh Cobb: I think from a one day side of things we’ve been pretty good so far this year and we finished well last year, so I think these are exciting times from that point of view. We’re definitely capable of surprising a few people in terms of winning trophies. 8IBUBSFZPVSQFSTPOBMUBSHFUT GPSUIFTFBTPO  JN: If I can get back to where I was two years ago, when I was selected into the England Performance Programme, it would be magnificent. 45 I’d love to score 1,000 runs in



SPORT Championship cricket and play every game I can in every format, and do well in one-day cricket. MB: My target is to score as many runs as possible. I like to just take it game by game, but like every batsman, I want to score 1,000 first class runs. MH: Obviously my role is to take wickets so hopefully I can do that and lead by example. JC: I want to better where I was at last year. I think I managed to get all forms working together, so to better that, as well as being a good captain. *GZPVIBEUPQJDLPOFUFBN NBUFUIBUZPVUIJOLXJMMCFSFBMMZ TUSPOHUIJTTVNNFSXIPXPVME JUCF JN: It’s a difficult one and all of our players can be match winners, but I’d say that Matthew Boyce is going to have a good season. 45 Matthew Boyce is going to have a very good year. Having said that there are a lot of names going through my head, which is always a good sign. Cobby had a very good season last year, Michael Thornley’s done well and I’d expect both Jigar Naik and Ollie Freckington to do well. .# I think Shiv Thakor because he’s got the ability to be destructive with the bat and the ball. Looking at the way he performed last year and seeing his hunger and desire, I think he’s going to have a really good year. .) I’d go for Shiv Thakor. He’s very talented and has got an old head on young shoulders. Hopefully he can build on his success from last year. +$ I think Shiv is going to have a good year and I think Ollie Freckingham could be the surprise package.

$BSFFSIJHIMJHIU +/ I’ve had a few but what probably kick-started my career was getting seven-for against Surrey at The Oval. 45 It has to be scoring that 100 on my first class debut and becoming the youngest Leicester centurion. .# Probably my first, first class hundred. Winning the T20 trophy as a team was also a great achievement. .) I’ve got a lot of career highlights, including winning the Ashes, getting a hat-trick in Barbados and winning the T20 with Leicester. +$ Being man of the match when we won on T20 finals day. 8IFSFEPZPVTFFZPVSTFMGJO ZFBSTUJNF +/ Hopefully I’ll have the England shirt on and be holding that place


like Mr Graeme Swann is at the moment. 45 I’d be 24 and I’d like to be playing for England by then, having made my test debut, and started to make myself a regular part of the England side in all formats. .#I don’t like to look too far ahead but obviously I’d like to still be playing cricket and producing good performances for Leicestershire. .) In the dole line! I don’t know, I’ve got a lot of fingers in pies to see what I’m doing after cricket but the honest answer is that I’ve got absolutely no idea. +$ I think if I could’ve established myself as being captain here and definitely won a few trophies that would be great. 'PSNPSFPO-FJDFTUFSTIJSF $PVOUZ$SJDLFU$MVCWJTJU XXXMFJDFTUFSTIJSFDDDDPVL

Top 5 – Cricket Articles

1. Paul Nixon – Two great interviews with Nico, including one celebrating T20 glory.

2. Phil DeFreitas – England and Leicestershire legend. 3. Matthew Hoggard – Forthright Ashes winner spoke soon after joining LCCC.

4. Josh Cobb – A frank insight into the ambition’s of the Foxes one-day captain.

5. Shiv Thakor – The Batsman Begins headline is an office favourite.

1BVM/JYPO “Happy fifth birthday! It’s a great achievement. My first interview with Soar Magazine took place at Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road five years ago and it was great to see a magazine coming through that was really positive about health and sport, covering all of the clubs in a positive way and spreading great messages for Leicestershire.�



Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, said: “This really is brilliant news. Leicester already has a great reputation as a sporting city, and it is a real privilege to take part in hosting the Rugby World Cup 2015.

The three international contests will be played at Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium, which will be known as the ‘Leicester City Stadium’ during the tournament, which starts in September 2015.

It is expected that being a Rugby World Cup 2015 Host City will bring huge benefits to Leicester, with thousands of extra visitors heading to the city over an eight-day period.

“We look forward to working with Leicester City Council and our sporting partners in the city on our collective contribution to what should be a memorable tournament, which we hope all of Leicestershire will be part of.� Tickets for the 2015 tournament will go on sale in 2014.

Leicester is the only city in the East Midlands to have been selected to host World Cup matches, as 20 nations compete for the Webb Ellis Cup that was famously lifted by England in 2003. A city accustomed to hosting top class rugby, thanks to the continued success of one of Europe’s biggest club sides, Leicester Tigers, the three games taking place in Leicester will be Argentina v Tonga (Sunday October 4th), Americas 1 v Europe 2 (Tuesday October 6th) and Argentina v Africa 1 (Sunday October 11th).

Leicester City Football Club Chief Executive Officer, Susan Whelan, added:

People without tickets for the games will still be able to enjoy a Festival of Rugby in Leicester, with plans in place for Fan Fests to feature around the city to give local people and visitors the chance to enjoy the World Cup atmosphere.

“This hugely-popular event will also be a major boost to the city’s economy, and we hope these visitors take advantage of all the wonderful attractions in the area. “I can assure the fans and the teams alike that they will have a warm welcome in Leicester, and we look forward to helping make the games that are played here truly fantastic occasions.�

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PITCH PERFECT #BTFEPOUIFPVUTLJSUTPG Leicester city centre, St .BSHBSFUT1BTUVSFT4QPSUT $FOUSFQSPWJEFTBOFYDFMMFOU QMBUGPSNGPSGPPUCBMMFSTPGBMM BHFTUPQMBZGPSGVOCZIBWJOHB LJDLBCPVUXJUIGSJFOET USBJOJOH TFSJPVTMZPSUBLJOHQBSUJOUIF DVUBOEUISVTUPGDPNQFUJUJWF NBUDIFT Boasting four top quality 3G artificial football surfaces, the venue is ideal for seven-a-side games and also has a smaller 3G five-a-side pitch. Pitches can be booked on a casual basis, with customers also able to make block bookings. The venue’s pitches have increased shock absorption and are suitable for all weather conditions, with the artificial surface still looking and feeling like natural grass. All pitches are also floodlit for evening matches. As well as the smaller courts, St Margarets also has the capacity to host 11-a-side football or hockey on its full-size pitch. The centre also has ample changing facilities for men, women and match officials and a recently opened, fully-licensed bar facility, which offers a range of hot and cold

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FREE SUMMER SWIMMING Leicester City Council leisure centres are once again offering local residents aged 16 and under the chance to take the plunge for free this summer, as the Council continues it’s commitment to getting people active. Between Monday July 29th and Sunday August 25th, many of the city’s leisure centres, including Spence Street Sports Centre, Cossington Street Sports Centre, Leicester Leys Leisure Centre and Braunstone Leisure Centre, will be opening their doors to young people wanting to get active, have some fun in the water or improve their swimming technique.

Leicester Leys Leisure Centre is one of the most popular sites for free swimming due to the wave machine and water flumes, and one of the sites that have pledged to add a further four weeks worth of free sessions this summer. Tracy James, Facility Manager of Leicester Leys Leisure Centre and Free Swimming Co-coordinator, said: “The free swimming initiative provided by Leicester City Council has been popular since the Government started the scheme in 2009. Last year over 16,000 juniors took advantage of the offer during the scheduled sessions, which encourage children to be more active for free.

“Swimming is an excellent lifetime skill and we hope to increase attendances across the city again this year.� Children aged under nine have to be accompanied by somebody aged 16 or over and anybody aged over 16 will have to pay the normal fees. Further activities are available for parents and toddlers and swimming lessons can also be booked at any City Council swimming pool. See opposite for the details of the free weekly swim sessions taking place this summer for young people aged 16 and under who in live in the city.


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LEICESTER’S PASSION FOR PING–PONG One of the many highlights of the sporting year of 2012 was when ping-pong fever gripped Leicester, after 58 table tennis tables were placed across the city centre and key communities, and attracted over 154,000 people to play a game of Ping!

grant to ensure that the project returns this summer.

Ping! is an innovative thee-year street ping-pong project that has given people the opportunity to play social and competitive table tennis, free of charge.

Marked ‘Stop and Play’, the tables are for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy ping pong.

Leicester’s passion for Ping! didn’t go unnoticed and led to it being one of six cities to benefit from a £10,000

All the tables from last year’s event have since remained in the city for local groups, schools and outdoor venues to use and to attract people to have a game.

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&WFOUT r*OEJBO4VNNFS'FTUJWBMm+VOF 27th to 30th r#SBVOTUPOF$BSOJWBMm+VOFUI r4QPSU'FTU1BSUPGUIF$JUZ Mayor’s Summer in the City Festival - August 25th and 26th 7FOVFT r)JHIDSPTT4IPQQJOH$FOUSF r#FBVNPOU-FZT4IPQQJOH$FOUSF Councillor Piara Singh Clair, Assistant City Mayor responsible for sport, leisure and culture, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Leicester’s remarkable example of how a simple game of ping-pong can bring such fun to so many people of all ages and abilities in 2012, has now been duly rewarded with a further grant for even more people to enjoy the thrill of a game of Ping!â€? For further information on Ping! 2013 visit XXXMFJDFTUFSHPWVLTQPSUT


-&*$&45&34:06/(45"34 The city of Leicester will once again be represented at the International Children’s Games which this year are being held in Windsor, Canada. The 2013 games will take place between August 14th and 19th, when the Leicester team will have the opportunity to compete against teams from all over the planet. The Children’s Games, which are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, are the world’s largest multi-sport youth games, where over 80 international cities compete. They are held every year and see children aged between 12 and 15-years-old competing in a range of sports. This is the third successive year that Leicester City Council has supported a team to attend these games. This year the team hope to build on the success of previous years and bring more medals home to Leicester. Last year in Deagu, Korea, the team picked up an impressive medal haul of two gold, five silver and one bronze medal. Victoria Ball, Sports Regeneration

Manager, said: “This event is an important milestone in the Olympic legacy in Leicester. These young people are the Olympians of the future. We are delighted to support and develop their talent.� The team has been selected from the City of Leicester Swimming Club, who train at Braunstone Leisure Centre. The club have produced a number of British junior and senior international swimmers. Harriet Cooper, who attended last year’s International Children’s Games, just missed out on selection for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Leicester City Council would like to wish the team the best of luck and hopes that they’re able to bring back some medals! To find out more about the International Children’s Games and how to get involved, contact Holly Battisson Sports Regeneration Officer on IPMMZCBUUJTTPO!MFJDFTUFSHPWVL For information on the City of Leicester Swimming Club visit XXXTXJNTRVBEMFJDFTUFSDPVL

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#BDLHSPVOE “Boxing courses can be very hard to access and people often have to travel quite far. Being able to do it in Leicester was a great advantage. The Achievement Project provide an opening to people that couldn’t have accessed them before. #FOFmUT “Sometimes you’ve got the experience but it’s hard to get the qualifications. They back up what you know already and make it easier to move on to the next stage in your coaching, and then work opportunities become more open to you. It also makes funding for other courses and projects more accessible. “You come in looking at one course and you find out about so many others and before you know it you’re involved with a lot of them. The Achievement Project is a stepping stone that opens a gateway that wasn’t there before. We pass these skills on to the young people who then become role models themselves and it makes for a better community.�

)BSVO3BTIJE Harun, who is also known as HR, volunteers as a sports coach in his local community. $PVSTFT Gym Coaching, Disability Coaching, Community Sports Leader, First Aid #BDLHSPVOE “I’m a qualified archery and badminton teacher, I’ve also done the gym course and I teach swimming three times a week. We run a group on Saturday to get kids into sport; it’s mainly for those that aren’t necessarily that sporty and to help those who can’t access it.� #FOFmUT “I had a lot of experience, particularly in the gym, but I didn’t have any qualifications and I thought it was time to get some paperwork. I don’t do it as a job, I just do it to help as a volunteer because I like helping people.�

.BSL.FBTPO Mark is unemployed and wants to work within sport. He first accessed a course through the Achievement Project when he wanted to become a volunteer. $PVSTFT Award in Sports Leadership Level 2, Gym Instructor Level 2 & 3, Emergency, First Aid at Work, Essential Nutrition, Equity in your Coaching, Safeguarding and Protecting Young People, Typhoo Inclusion Course, Cycle Leaders Level 1, Cycle Leaders Level 2, Dance Leaders Level 1. #BDLHSPVOE “When I left school, if you couldn’t read or write you were labelled an idiot. Times have changed and the biggest step for me was walking into a classroom and getting that extra support.� #FOFmUT “I can hold my head up high and I don’t feel ashamed that I didn’t have an education as a kid. I’ve certainly made up for that because I go to adult learning sessions now to improve. Volunteering at a smoking cessation group has opened a lot of doors for me. I want to work with disabled people and

I’d like to get involved with sports coaching for disabled people, as my son has ADHD. I also volunteer at New Parks Boxing Gym. “Many of the courses have involved a lot of writing and a lot of work; not just from me, but from Tom, Joe and Sally at the Achievement Project. I can now pass what I’ve learned to other people to help them change their lives. It’s a great feeling. Hopefully I can get a job I love and get paid for it as well.�

#FOFmUT “You gain a lot because you work with others and people that are in the same situation as you, so you can feed off their knowledge. The courses build your qualifications and it’s quite appealing that many of the courses take place at the weekend. “I’d like to get involved in coaching, sports development and education so this is a good stepping stone to get more qualified and gain more knowledge to work in schools.�

1BJHF.VSSBZ Paige is a local disability sport champion who works to promote disability in Leicester. She carried the Paralympic flame through the city last year. $PVSTFT Community Sports Leaders, HSLA, Inclusive Disability, First Aid. #BDLHSPVOE “I want to go into sports development and coaching. Even though I’d been doing it quite a while I didn’t have any specific qualifications. I’d done a lot of voluntary work so I wanted to build my qualifications.�

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Leicester-Shire & Rutland Olympic & Paralympic Roadshow tWJTJUTCZEJGGFSFOU0MZNQJDBOE1BSBMZNQJD"UIMFUFT t&OHBHJOHPWFS QFPQMF PGXIJDIOFBSMZ BSFVOEFSZFBSTPGBHF The aim of the programme has been to continue to inspire a generation by taking London 2012 athletes into schools and community groups. We hope that the inspiring story that all the athletes have to tell will encourage young people to go on and achieve great things in whatever their chosen sport may be. The Roadshow aims to show that the London 2012 athletes are ordinary people that have gone on to achieve extraordinary things through determination and hard work. A recent highlight of the programme was Lord Sebastian Coe’s visit to Beauchamp College in Oadby in April, to see first-hand the excellent legacy work that is being delivered. Athletes that have supported the programme include Drew Sullivan (Basketball), Richard Whitehead (Paralympian), Karina Bryant (Judo), Ross Davenport (Swimming) and Bobby White (Handball) to name just a few. The programme of visits has been coordinated by Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport (LRS) and supported by the Inspire LeicesterShire 2012 Legacy Team.


$PNNVOJUZ(BNFT Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport (LRS) is delighted to be supporting the Community Games project. We believe that sport and physical activity has the ability to reach out to all of our communities and create a sense of belonging and pride in where we live. Last year’s programme engaged over 20,000 people in over 50 different events around Leicestershire, Leicester, & Rutland. The Community Games will provide an opportunity to take part in, or be a part of, both sporting and cultural activities, offering something for everyone.

$PNNVOJUZ(BNFT$BTI'VOE Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport has created a ‘Community Games Cash Fund’ to help support local community / voluntary groups to host their own sporting and cultural celebration. We welcome applications from community / voluntary groups and clubs, and Parish and Town Councils across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland to apply for funding.







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Speaking to Steve, it’s abundantly clear how raw the pain of his loss is, but what also comes to the surface is how that pain has become the driving force behind his family’s inspirational efforts with Joe’s Trust. Steve says, “We realise that what we are trying to achieve is going to take serious effort and a change in both culture and attitude in the UK to protect our young people from becoming victims to heart conditions like SADS. “No one should go through what we have had to endure. It’s spine chilling. The incidence of SADS can be reduced if we work together. “It is easy to underestimate the value of young life unless you have been affected by the sudden loss of a young child, so full of potential and goodness. Sadly we’ve become one of the many families across the UK and the world who have. No one deserves that.�

5IF"JNT The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust has been born out of the need to keep Joe’s name alive and to provide a lasting legacy. The aims of the Trust include: rPromoting awareness of the previously little known condition of SADS. rWorking with BHF, EMAS and other partners to provide education and training for young people and those who live and work with young people, about how to react to unexpected life threatening conditions. rWorking with key partners to install life saving defibrillators in Leicester and Leicestershire communities. rTo improve the service provision and care of a family when a child dies unexpectedly. rThe creation of a one stop clinic to provide screening and care for families affected by SADS. rThe creation of a proactive clinic providing families with a choice i.e. the facility to have a child screened should a parent be concerned, or need reassurance concerning SADS.

Leicester Tigers legend and England World Cup winning captain, Martin Johnson, is a patron of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust.

“If CPR is started immediately, done effectively (by a trained person with the victim lying flat) and a defibrillator can be got to the victim within eight minutes, the majority of cases could be saved, without brain damage,� Ffion said.

“I was really, really shocked by the number of people affected by SADS,� Martin said. “I knew that I wanted to go and get my kids checked out. This is a subject people find very difficult to talk about, we all want our kids to enjoy sport. I feel its something that parents need to be aware of. If you don’t have the information you can’t make a choice. “It is also important to raise awareness and the knowledge of CPR because if it does happen and you’re there and you have the knowledge, you can help save a life. “We have the expertise and we need to get people in the right

place to learn about it. It’s my privilege to be patron. We’re going to work hard in Joe’s memory.� Learn CPR Backed by Martin Johnson, the Trust is passionately campaigning for CPR to be taught in schools as part of the national curriculum and for defibrillators to be installed in schools, sports clubs and community venues. Dr Ffion Davies, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Leicester Royal Infirmary, is the Trust’s SADS expert.

“Doctors have become more aware of the diseases causing SADS over the last 20 years. Health professionals cannot underestimate faints or collapses that happen for no good reason in healthy young people. If we can pick things up at the warning symptoms stage, we can prevent SADS cases, often with just simple medication and advice.� To take a first aid course to learn CPR through the British Heart Foundation’s Heartstart programme, visit XXXIFBSUTUBSUDPVL or contact Alan Harrison White – JHMT Community Liaison officer: BMBOIXIJUF!ZBIPPDPVL

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Showcase Smoothie was first conceived in 2008 to build on the Department of Health’s ‘Delivering Race Equality’ (DRE) action plan. The project was awarded major Arts Council England funding in 2011, which helped the concept develop into a three-year pilot that is currently being evaluated by the University of Leicester.

Led by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), Showcase Smoothie launched in February 2012 and is partnered by a range of arts, health and education based organisations, on both a local and national level. Using poetry and literature and music production and performance as its platform, the project aims to recognise and address mental health inequalities; foster crosscultural cohesion and understand and nurture artistic ability, whilst supporting creative and personal development and challenging the stigma and misunderstanding that sometimes surrounds mental health issues.

a weekly programme of creative workshops that are open to young men, and adult men and women, respectively. Katherine Brown of Beauty and Utility Arts’, Project Manager for Showcase Smoothie, said: “The aim is to ensure that Showcase Smoothie continues to develop, as both a crucial arts project and a project for social change. By doing this we are empowering participants with a range of experiences to share their perspectives, challenge stigma and create work that is entertaining, thought provoking and potentially life-changing.� For more information on Showcase Smoothie visit XXXTIPXDBTFTNPPUIJFDPN

Showcase Smoothie is assisted by the internationally acclaimed writer and performer, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, MBE, who is a patron of the project. It is also championed by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford, OBE, Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri and Sue Noyes, Chief Executive Officer of Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust. Divided into two elements, Showcase and Smoothie, the project’s participating artists attend

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ONE TRACK MIND %POJOHUPO1BSLSBDFUSBDLCPBTUT BSJDIBOEWBSJFEIJTUPSZ5IF -FJDFTUFSTIJSFDJSDVJUIPTUFE JUTmSTUNPUPSDZDMFSBDFJO CVUXFOUGPVSEFDBEFTXJUIPVU NPUPSTQPSUBGUFSUIFWFOVFXBT SFRVJTJUJPOFECZUIF.JOJTUSZPG %FGFODFEVSJOHUIF4FDPOE8PSME 8BS Local businessman Tom Wheatcroft purchased the circuit in 1971 and years of success followed before the track was sold to Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd in 2007. Following an unsuccessful twoyear period, Tom’s son Kevin took ownership and Donington Park reopened in 2010. The track’s current Managing Director, Christopher Tate, a man with his own impressive history in motorsport, joined Donington in November 2011. Since then, Christopher has overseen the track’s re-emergence as one of Britain’s premier race circuits and ensured a continued celebration of the venue’s glorious motoring heritage.

A stroll through the extensive on-site museum, known as the Donington Grand Prix Collection, in Christopher’s company is an educating experience, as he recounts some of the most glorious moments and machines in motorsport, many of which have featured at Donington Park, and talks passionately about his background in the industry. “My first job in motorsport was for a British team competing in the 1977 Le Mans 24 hour race and I actually came to Donington to watch the

first event that Tom Wheatcroft held here that year. I’ve worked in many different aspects of the motorsport industry and that’s why this is such an enjoyable challenge. I’ve been involved in driver management, sponsor acquisition, building Rockingham and with Lola cars. “I’d known Kevin Wheatcroft for a long time and had some very clear views of what I thought could be done here. My job is to make the whole of Donington Park work for the owner, as the circuit only takes up about a third of the estate.

“Having a complete understanding of what people want to come and watch is really important. For example, the shape and layout of our track is unique in Britain and Northern Europe and it’s popular with fans because they’re able to get up close to the action. “The reason why we emphasise our heritage is because that’s what people are interested in and why they want to come here and race on the circuit. It’s a much more exciting place for people to race.â€? 5IF(SBOE1SJY$PMMFDUJPO As well as breathtaking vehicles from every era of motorsport, the highlights of the Donington Grand Prix Collection include... t 5IFXPSMETMBSHFTUTFMFDUJPOPG UIFHSBOEQSJYDBSTBWBJMBCMFUP UIFQVCMJD t 8JMMJBNTBOE.D-BSFO'PSNVMB 0OFSPPNT GFBUVSJOHDBST ESJWFOCZUIFMJLFTPG4JS 4UJSMJOH.PTT /JHFM.BOTFMM BOE-FXJT)BNJMUPO t "SPPNEFEJDBUFEUPUIF MBUF HSFBU"ZSUPO4FOOB  DFMFCSBUJOHIJTDBSFFSBOE GBNPVT&VSPQFBO(SBOE 1SJYWJDUPSZBU%POJOHUPO t +BDLJF4UFXBSUTmSTU'PSNVMB 0OFBOE8PSME$IBNQJPOTIJQ cars t "OFYUFOTJWFUSJCVUFUP -FJDFTUFSTIJSFCPSOESJWFS  3PHFS8JMMJBNTPO XIPXBT 5PN8IFBUDSPGUTQSPUĂ?HĂ? BOEUSBHJDBMMZEJFEBUUIF %VUDIHSBOEQSJY t 5IFPOMZDPNQMFUFDPMMFDUJPOPG 7BOXBMMT Christopher went on to explain some of the highlights of his Donington tenure to date. “Hosting the European round of World Superbike Championship in May was an honour and also last

“I will be happy when we have something going on here 360 days a year.� September, which was the biggest meeting we’ve held since the reopening. We also won an award for the best organised Superbike event of the year, which we’re quite pleased about, considering that the races take place at many modern tracks around the world. “We were very pleased with hosting the British Touring Cars here in April and want to do more of that, as well as historic car racing, which is a growing market, and Le Mans 24 hour style endurance racing. “We’ve reshaped the infield, which is a big project and in the second weekend of August this year we’re doing a three-day classic motorcycle event, which I’m particularly looking forward to.� Christopher is determined to ensure the continued progression of Donington Park by maintaining the balance between celebrating the circuit’s history and looking to the future. “The heritage of Donington Park is so important to the appeal of the circuit and that’s something we’ll always be mindful of. I will be happy when we have something going on here 360 days a year. That may be a scout group visiting the

museum or a major international motorcycle race. “There are lots of other things we are doing, such as the Download Festival and we need to make proper use of all our facilities. The exhibition centre works really well and we recently held an event there for Dunlop to celebrate the 125th anniversary of their pneumatic tyre. “We’re very keen to expand what we offer in terms of bike racing and bike track days. Norton motorcycles are on site and making beautiful handmade motorcycles that say ‘made at Donington Park’ on the chassis plate. “There are lots of things we’d like to redevelop. An important start to that is a planning application we have in to build six more industrial units to ensure that Donington remains a centre for this area’s contribution to the motorsport industry.� To enquire about hospitality, corporate events, race days and upcoming events at Donington Park visit XXXEPOJOHUPOQBSLDPVL


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#BTLFUCBMMGBOTJO-FJDFTUFSTIJSF IBWFCFFOHJWFOIVHFSFBTPOUP DFMFCSBUFUIJTZFBS GPMMPXJOHUIF JODSFEJCMFUSPQIZMBEFOTFBTPO FYQFSJFODFECZUIF+FMTPO )PNFT%.6-FJDFTUFS3JEFST In January, Riders defeated Newcastle Eagles 80-85 to win the BBL Cup, before reaching the final of the BBL Trophy in March. Although that final would end in defeat, it spurred Leicester on to achieve their first-ever BBL Championship title, before going on to once again face the Eagles in the BBL Play-Off Final in front of a packed-to-capacity Wembley Arena, where they emerged 68-57 winners to lift the final trophy of the season. As a result of their success, Leicester Riders head coach, the charismatic Rob Paternostro, was named the BBL Coach of the Season, whilst forward Drew Sullivan was named the BBL’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), with Jay Couisnard runner-up. To celebrate Soar Magazine’s fifth Birthday, five members of the successful Leicester Riders team of 2012/13 discussed their thoughts on an unforgettable season‌

%SFX 4VMMJWBO Drew Sullivan has been simply sensational. The Great Britain captain was named the league’s MVP, the Riders fan’s MVP, and the club’s MVP and Player’s Player of the Year. The 33-year-old forward was also named the Most Valuable Player in the BBL Play-Off Final win over his former club, Newcastle Eagles. $ISJT.PSUMFZ8IFSFEPFTUIJT

TFBTPOSBOLGPSZPVQFSTPOBMMZ %SFX4VMMJWBO “This season is definitely up there. I think firsts are always something you remember, so the first time I won with Newcastle, the first piece of silverware I won with Mersey and winning the firstever league Championship here at Leicester Riders are all things that I remember fondly. It’s been a great season and I was absolutely ecstatic with the way that we finished the season in the Play-Off Final.� $.:PVXPOZPVSTFDPOE##- .71BXBSEUIJTTFBTPO+VTUIPX QMFBTJOHXBTUIBU %4 “I’ll probably contradict myself here, because I’m actually more proud about this MVP. It has been a heck of a lot more pleasing, because I was doing things the way that I believe is the right way to play basketball. The way I play, I believe, has helped the team become better, because I’m opposed to going out and scoring as many points as possible and taking away from the other great players on this team. A lot of people consider the MVP as a personal award, but at the end of the day, I wasn’t scoring a lot of points, but doing other parts of the game well, but that was because of the system that I’m playing in and the guys I’m playing with.� Anthony 3PXF A latecomer to the team, 6’8’’ centre Anthony Rowe instantly became an integral part of the Riders’ dominant season, bringing a wealth of BBL experience into the side following three years with Plymouth Raiders. $."SSJWJOHMBUFS EJEZPVFWFS

UIJOLUIBUUIFMFWFMPGTVDDFTT ZPVWFBDIJFWFEUIJTTFBTPO XPVMECFQPTTJCMF "OUIPOZ3PXF “I did. I’m a pretty confident guy anyway, but I could tell from the first practice. I’m not saying that I have special powers; I just had a gut feeling that there was something special here. I felt that, if I could fit in well, we could do something really special and I think we’ve proved that. We’ve won the treble and it feels great.� $.%PFTCFJOHPOFPGNBOZ #SJUJTIQMBZFSTJOUIFUFBNmMMZPV XJUIBEEFEQSJEF "3 “I carry my British pride on my sleeve, so I’m happy with that. We need Americans in the game and they’re great players, but what we’ve done this season, we’ve done with two American players and that’s a credit to our British players and the system that has been set up by the Leicester Riders. There are young players coming through and it keeps us older players hungry.� +PSHF$BMWP Spanish point guard Jorge Calvo’s season with Leicester Riders was the 25-year-old’s first in England. Calvo’s calming influence has helped the side dictate the tempo of games, whilst his basketball IQ has been invaluable at both ends of the court. $.)PXXPVMEZPVFWBMVBUF ZPVSmSTUTFBTPOJO&OHMBOE +PSHF$BMWP “I think it’s been very successful. In many ways, I don’t think it could have been any better. The only thing that we could have changed would have been the Trophy Final, but if you put


that to one side; for me, it’s been awesome.� $.8IBUIBWFZPVNBEFUPUIF -FJDFTUFS3JEFSTGBOT +$ “The fans are amazing; the best in the league. They’re as involved as anyone in the team and it’s like one big family and that in itself is incredible.� ;BJSF5BZMPS New York native Zaire Taylor has been an important part of the team’s defensive dominance – an element that became the side’s trademark over the course of the season. $.)PXQMFBTFEBSFZPVUPIBWF CFFOQBSUPGBUFBNGBNFEGPSJUT EFGFODF

;BJSF5BZMPS“I definitely take pride in my defence. I feel, at the end of the day, you can make or miss shots, but defence is something that is consistent; you can always play good defence. When you do that, you give yourself the opportunity to win every game. There wasn’t one game this year where we didn’t give ourselves a chance to win going down to the last two minutes. That’s because of our defence as a team.� $.8PVMEZPVCFPQFOUP SFUVSOJOHUP-FJDFTUFS3JEFSTOFYU TFBTPO ;5 “I would love to come back and I would love to be in Leicester next year. I hope we can bring a team like this back. We’re the champions right now and we should be entitled to defend that. If the opportunity was there for me to come back and a lot of the other guys were coming back, I would love to.�

+BNFMM Anderson The England Under-23 international forward has had another impressive season with Leicester Riders, playing in every single game. $.0O5XJUUFS NBOZXJMMIBWF TFFOZPVVTFUIFIBTIUBH *-07&.:5&".y +BNFMM"OEFSTPO “I do, I love this team a lot. They’re great guys and all the way down to the coaching staff and the players that play in the club’s younger teams – they’re all brilliant guys that I feel lucky to have played alongside.� $.-BTUZFBS ZPVXPOUIF.PTU *NQSPWFE1MBZFSBXBSE)PX NVDIIBWFZPVEFWFMPQFEUIJT ZFBS


+" “This year, I definitely feel like I have been part of the team, just as I did last season. I’ve really been able to improve around guys that want me to improve. They’ve pushed me every single day and I’m thankful for it.� +VTUMJLF+BNFMM"OEFSTPO  -FJDFTUFS3JEFSTBSFBUFBN UIBUBSFDPOTUBOUMZQVTIJOH UPJNQSPWFBOEXJUINBOZPG this year’s stars signing on for BOPUIFSTFBTPO UIFDMVCTGVUVSF MPPLTFYUSFNFMZCSJHIUBOEMJLFMZ UPCFJMMVNJOBUFECZUIFSFnFDUJWF HMBSFPGGVSUIFSUSPQIJFT For more information on Leicester Riders visit XXXMFJDFTUFSSJEFSTDPVL

5oar Riders’ Treble-Winning Season - Top 5 Moments 5IF##-1MBZ0GG'JOBM8JO Following the heartbreak of last year’s defeat, it was fitting that Wembley Arena hosted a Leicester Riders-Newcastle Eagles rematch. The celebrations at the final buzzer, following a dominant Riders performance, were incredible. 4FBMJOHUIF##-$IBNQJPOTIJQ A packed John Sandford Sports Centre witnessed Leicester Riders’ 93-70 over Durham Wildcats, which sealed a first-ever BBL Championship title. ##-$VQ(MPSZJO#JSNJOHIBN In another Leicester-Newcastle match-up, the first piece of silverware of the season was on offer in January. This 85-80 Jay Couisnard-inspired win was a statement of Riders’ intent for the season. $PVJTOBSE4ISJOLT(JBOUT Jay Couisnard’s heroics in March’s away trip played a huge part in sealing the title for Leicester. His three-pointer on the stroke of regulation time forced the game to overtime, with the Texan hitting another big three with two seconds remaining in OT to win the game 80-78. (BNFT6OCFBUFO February’s 84-59 win over Manchester Giants at the John Sandford Sports Centre made Leicester Riders only the fifth team in BBL history to go a calendar year unbeaten on their home court. In fact, Riders made it through the entire 2012-13 campaign undefeated at home in the league.



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