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Cockers joins in Aviva tag fun

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Young players enjoyed a unique opportunity to learn from Richard Cockerill during a fun day of tag rugby and coaching.

Cockerill, the Tigers director of rugby, joined players at Melton RFC on Sunday as part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.

The players took part in a range of activities designed to broaden both interest and participation in the game. Cockerill joined in with some of the games, also passed on advice during an in-depth question and answer session and also posed for photographs.

The event was the culmination of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme. It aimed to help create a legacy by encouraging the young players who have been taking part in the programme to continue playing rugby.

Launched in October, the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme represents a £2 million investment by Aviva into the grass roots level of the game. Resources will go towards supporting more than 15,000 man hours of coaching and reaching more than 36,000 pupils aged nine to 11 from 600 primary schools in England over each of the next four seasons.

This season, Tigers coaches have been working with schools around Melton, Leicester Forest and Lutterworth. The programme includes a six-week introduction to rugby and Tigers also work with teachers to continue with tag once the club’s coaches have moved on.

More information on the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme and Tigers' community work is available by clicking here