Leicester Tigers community team visited Malaysia last month to host the club’s first international rugby camp of the year for nearly 200 aspiring rugby players.
Each year, Tigers host a number of rugby camps around the world as well as across the UK for young players to develop their game and learn the Tigers way.
After kicking off 2019 in Kuala Lumpur in partnership with Tigers’ Global Partner Club KL Tigers, the club’s community coaches will be heading across Europe and Asia throughout the year.
Young rugby players from the under-6 age group, to KL's academy team took part a three-day camp led by Tigers coaches covering all aspects of rugby.
Gary Cane, head of rugby development at KL Tigers RFC, said: “Following the camp, it gave me the opportunity to speak to some of our academy players about the camp. We normally hope the youngsters pick up little gems of knowledge, the difference this time was the breadth of those gems that went across the whole group and were personal to different positions.”
“We aim to replicate the Tigers Development Player Pathway environment over here and the camp had really made an impact across the age groups. Considering we will have these guys for another two to three years imagine what they will look like by then! For us we now need to keep that standard going.”
“We had our biggest ever number on the camp and, as Tigers’ first Global Partner Club, I hope the partnership creates a standard for other partners to work towards. The partnership is far beyond a logo and the connection we have is visible across many different levels.
The TigersFamily is a mindset we achieved a while back, it has now become a culture.”
Steve Hanna, Tigers community rugby manager who led the group in Kuala Lumpur, added: “This was the seventh camp at KL Tigers. With over 180 children - a mixture of boys and girls - the support we received from KL Tigers was first class with all sessions filmed including the use of drones, which meant we could explore solutions with the players to the problems they’d encountered in the sessions.
The camp also included a well-received CPD session for the KL Tigers coaches based on developing players by sharing Leicester Tigers coaching philosophies, coaching styles and helping to keep the delivery of coaching consistent.
“The trip has been a great learning experience both on and off the pitch for players and coaches from both clubs alike. Our Global Partner Club KL Tigers have created a great environment for the players, coaches and supporters here in KL and it’s been fantastic to share ideas with the players and coaches.”
Find out more about Tigers UK Rugby Camps at the link below.