StoryHub Today: 28/04/21 (Team 2)

Student journalism from the University of Derby. Reporting by George Wilson, Jake Leach, Joshua Fletcher, Kurt Beresford, James Ridge, Sam Collins, Paddy Finnemore, Harry Tizard and Nathan Smith.

Sports media

Football is arguably the most inclusive sport in the world, with players and fans spanning across the entire globe.

However, different forms of online abuse are beginning to make ‘the beautiful game’ exclusive, with fans feeling exiled by their virtual abusers.

With more on the issue, James Ridge reports…

Charity ‘Sands’

Ryan Shephard will be walking from the Moat Ground to Elland Road in 14 days all in aid of the charity ‘Sands’.

After losing a child in 2017, Ryan is now looking to give back to the cause after they helped him through a rough time.

He aimed to raise £500 but has already surpassed his target.

News correspondent, Harry Tizard has more.

 Coventry City

Having recently secured survival in the Sky Bet Championship, Coventry City have confirmed their move back to the Ricoh Arena after two seasons playing at St Andrew’s in Birmingham.

The Sky Blues are required to finish the rest of this season at St Andrews due to a clause in the contract but will move back home this summer ahead of another campaign in the second-tier next season.

Sam Collins explains what this means…

Football finance

Fan protests against major football club owners have risen dramatically over the last week, with thousands making their voices heard outside the stadiums of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Meanwhile, League Two side Exeter City, who are approaching their 21st anniversary as a supporter-owned club, have shown that it is possible to breed success with a fan led consortium.

Nathan Smith has more…

Teignmouth hospital 

Opened since the early 1920’s, Teignmouth hospital is due to be closed.

The first hospital opened since the formation of the NHS has been a huge part of history for the town.

The announcement has sparked protests, but have they been working?

Paddy Finnemore finds out.

Wolves Women

Wolverhampton Wanderers Women have been severely unlucky since the pandemic started. 

 After leading the league table by more than 20 points in the FA Womens National League during the 2019/20 season, the interruption of COVID-19 meant their season was null and void. 

This concluded their promotion dreams, one year later history repeated itself after the league was cancelled. 

The only hope of redemption is the Vitality Womens FA Cup. After beating Nottingham Forest in the second round last Sunday, the dream is well and truly on for both players, and fans. 

Reporting live from the Sir Jack Haywood training ground is Jake Leach. 

Pubs are back!

On April 22nd pubs across the nation opened their doors to the public who have been enjoying drinks in outside spaces.

The Nags Head in Mickleover is no different and their first two weeks back have been relatively successful with business booming and bookings being filled days in advance.

Dealing with the new guidelines has been challenging for both staff and customers but the pub have been working through it to produce the best service.

Sam Collins has more…

Mental health

Mental health in the UK is now a big priority. However, the impact it has on men is often overlooked.

Organisations like Andy’s Man Club in Halifax are trying to encourage as many men as possible to speak up about their problems.

Paddy Finnemore spoke to the club and found out what they are all about.

Hall of Fame

The Premier League have announced their first two inductees to the Hall of Fame.

With plenty of star names to chose from, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry are the first two to be introduced.

Sports correspondent, Harry Tizard has more.


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many people finding creative ways to raise money for good causes.

One of those people is Ed Watts, who took it upon himself to set up his own online music festival.

The ‘Daybed’ festival raised hundreds of pounds which was put towards the ‘Save our venues’ campaign ran by the Music Venue Trust.

Nathan Smith reports…