Launched back in April 2019, local rugby clubs, schools, players as well as Tigers squad members and staff have donated un-used or unwanted rugby kit to help create new opportunities for people to take part in rugby.
Now the club is asking for one final push from the rugby community to help provide a final donation of any old or unwanted rugby boots (in particular, sizes 7-12) as well as any durable waterproof and warm clothing.
Fans will be able to drop any donations off in the Project Rugby cage, which will be situated next to the Leicester Tigers Maul on the plaza outside the Holland & Barrett Stand at this weekend’s European Challenge Cup game against Pau (Saturday, November 16, 3.00pm).
With the aim of providing more equipment and clothing to aspiring rugby players, Leicester Tigers community teams have distributed kit across the county to youngsters who currently don’t have access to rugby boots and training gear.
Tigers supporters have also donated kit and equipment at home games since via the Project Rugby donations point at Welford Road.
Joe Reynolds, said: “We have had a massive response from the fans with masses of kit and the community team have managed to get that out and create new opportunities for players with it by removing barriers, such as the cost of rugby gear.
“As the weather turns for the worse this winter, and after the progress of our England boys over in Japan, we would hate the idea that lack of ‘kit and equipment’ may stop participants who are motivated to join a rugby club and help them start to see what being a member of a rugby club can do for them.
“Everyone at the club, including the Leicester Tigers players, coaches and kitman Clive, all got behind the initiative and I’m looking forward to sharing some success stories via the club website in the coming weeks.
“This year Project Rugby is continuing to help grow player opportunities across Leicester, whilst also moving into Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.”
Leicester Tigers’ Project Rugby programmes aim to increase participation and opportunities for youngsters from under-represented backgrounds, using its strong links with local rugby clubs around the region will help encourage more young people to take up the sport.
If you’re able to donate, please visit the Project Rugby Donation Point on matchdays or if you’re unable to make a matchday, simply contact [email protected] and we’ll be able to arrange collection or delivery.
Find out more about Project rugby at the link below.