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Club hosts first schools Powerhouse Games

The Leicester Tigers Foundation hosted a group of local schools for the PowerHouseGames offering the chance to play on the famous Mattioli Woods Welford Road pitch.

Staged in partnership with Power2Inspire, this was the first PowerHouseGames to be run at a professional sports club and featured members of the Leicester Tigers senior academy and Women’s team players alongside students from Krishna Avanti Primary School, Leicester Grammar School and Two Rivers School to participate in a range of inclusive sports. 

Players and students took part in a mix of inclusive games including touch rugby, sitting volleyball, walking football, goalball, rugby obstacles and zonal tennis.

Power2Inspire’s PowerHouseGames encourages people from different backgrounds to work together to learn new skills and have fun.

Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick also attended the event to welcome students and get involved in some of the activities.

“It was a privilege to be a part of the first PowerHouseGames at Mattioli Woods Welford Road,” said Borthwick. 

“John Willis and his team are doing incredible, important work which we, as a club, were proud to support.

“I want to thank John, the Power2Inspire team and the hard-working Leicester Tigers Foundation staff for putting together such a great event and look forward to seeing and participating in future events alongside each other.”

John Willis, founder of Power2Inspire said: “To hold our first PowerHouseGames at Leicester Tigers’ stadium was a dream come true.  

“Seeing skilled rugby players teaching pupils from a range of backgrounds inclusive and adapted sports was to see my vision in practice.  

“For there to be so much smiling, joy, laughter and fun validated our vision of that ‘No one be left on the bench!’

“Thanks to Steve Borthwick and to the Leicester Tigers Foundation for bringing this dream to life. I look forward to many more Tigers editions of the PowerHouseGames.”

The Foundation sends its thanks to John, Steve, players, participants and everyone who supported the event, including Leicester City in the Community and stadium caterers Levy UK, who provided the refreshments for everyone.