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Junior members share in memorable matchday

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The Junior Tigers Club took over behind the scenes at Welford Road with young fans getting involved at Saturday's sold-out Aviva Premiership clash with Exeter Chiefs.JTC members took on key roles around the ground in the fourth annual Takeover Day, which was supported by next, and they were joined by 4,000 young supporters in a capacity crowd at the home of the Tigers.   Simon Cohen, Tigers chief executive, said: “Saturday was a day to remember for many of our younger fans who were part of the Junior Tigers Club Takeover Day.   “It was a great opportunity for our young fans to see behind the scenes at the club, and they helped make it another fantastic Welford Road occasion.   “A big thank you to everyone who entered our Takeover Day competitions and a big thank you to all the young fans who played their part.”   JTC Takeover Day began with Lucas Griffiths-Bridgen designing the match poster, which was put on display around Welford Road in the build-up to the game. Patrick Fox read out the teams as the matchday announcer and Paige Wignall was the matchday reporter, joining the press, radio and TV reporters covering the game from the press box and interviewing Freddie Burns after the final whistle. The team was led out on to the pitch by mascots Eleanor Tuckey and Evie Adcock. Ewan Brown interviewed Tom Croft and Graham Kitchener before the game in the 1880 Club in the MET-Rx Stand, while Myles Baggaley interviewed Christian Loamanu, Tiziano Pasquali and Will Owen in the JTC VIP Area. Club mascot Welford was assisted in his matchday role by mini-Welfords Ryan Seal and George Johnston. Thomas Concarr, Erin Sandham-Bailey, Robyn Evans, Patrick Cousins, George Harding, Olaf Taylor, Emily Freeman, Idrees Qureshi, Jed Hamer and Katie Nicole Pitchford took on the role of Tiger cubs. Tigers Games Keepers gave out free sweets courtesy of JTC sponsors next while STIHL mascot Lumber Jack handed out STIHL caps and sweets.   The Junior Tigers Club is the place for fans aged under 16 years to celebrate their support of the Tigers. Membership of JTC is free and you can join now by clicking here