Leicester Tigers are kick-starting a new initiative to help provide more equipment and clothing to aspiring rugby players.
The club is asking the rugby community to donate any old, un-used or unwanted kit to gift to Tigers community department which will be available for youngsters who currently don’t have access to rugby boots and training gear.
Tigers back-rower Guy Thompson joined Leicester Tigers rugby development officer Joe Reynolds at the club’s Oval Park Training Ground to help launch the project.
Fans will be able to drop off any kit in the Project Rugby Donation Point when Tigers take on Bristol Bears (Saturday, April 27, 3.00pm) and Bath Rugby (Saturday, May 18, 4.00pm) at the final two home games of the season.
Part of Leicester Tigers Project Rugby programmes which aim to increase participation and opportunities for youngsters from under-represented backgrounds, the club hopes that its links with local rugby clubs around the region will help encourage more young people to take up the sport.
Joe Reynolds, who runs a number of Tigers community programmes across Leicestershire, said: “We work with young kids of all ages and abilities and one thing we’ve found is that not having the right kit and boots to play the game can prove a massive barrier for kids and parents.
“Rugby is naturally a winter sport and so having the correct clothing and footwear is essential. This can be an expense for some – especially when starting a brand new sport. Tigers have donated boots and drill tops in the past and we’re hoping that clubs, schools and players will be able to lend a helping hand to encourage more youngsters to take up the game.”
We’re really keen to receive rugby boots of any size and in good condition if possible and additional clothing like tops, shorts, shoulder pads and scrum caps will be greatly received.”
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.