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Mark Group back Tigers community programmes

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Leicester Tigers are delighted to announce the support of Leicester-founded Mark Group as Community Programme sponsors for the 2009/2010 season.

Tigers Rugby Courses, which involved more than 1,500 young players this summer and continue throughout the year, will now be named Tigers Mark Group Rugby Courses with 28 weeks of coaching planned during the season.

The club’s Matchday Coaching Clinics allow groups from schools and rugby clubs all over the country to enjoy coaching at the training ground, followed by a tour behind the scenes and the opportunity to meet a first-team player, before coming down to Welford Road to watch the action in league or cup.

Now, thanks to the support of Mark Group, Tigers have added a second venue, at the Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College, to the Matchday Coaching Clinics to help cope with the demand for places.

Mark Group will become involved in the Healthy Schools programme, which sees the Tigers Health and Education Officer work with 20 inner-city schools to educate thousands of young people about the importance and benefits of a fit and healthy life.

The new sponsorship agreement also includes Mark Group support for the Tigers educational programme. 

Tigers chief executive Peter Wheeler, welcoming Mark Group as new Community Programme sponsors, said: “Rugby is a sport for everyone to enjoy and at Leicester Tigers we take our role in the community very seriously. With their support of the Tigers Community Programme, the Mark Group will be assisting our community team to reach out to rugby clubs, supporters and children, to promote a healthy and active lifestyle through sport.

“The club’s various community activities engage and enthuse thousands of children and young people.

“Mark Group is a successful and progressive company, and we are delighted that they have chosen to show their support for the community in this way.” 

As official sponsor, Mark Group will help develop new links with colleges and elite sporting organisations to ensure Tigers lead the way in inspiring and challenging members of the public to take part and enjoy rugby as well as a healthy lifestyle.

Former Tigers and England captain Martin Corry helped to launch the new sponsorship as Mark Group's new Partnership Director, a role in which he will advise blue-chip companies in reducing their carbon emissions.

The Mark Group are the UK's largest provider of 'whole house' solutions to energy efficiency, offering a full range of energy efficiency technologies including solar electricity, solar hot water, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, timber frame insulation, external wall insulation, heat pumps and wind turbines.

Since being founded in 1974, the Mark Group has expanded to become the UK's leading insulation and renewables installer, employing over 500 people in Leicestershire alone, and has 14 distribution centres across the UK.

Bill Rumble, Mark Group commercial director, said: “We are delighted to take up the role of official sponsor of Leicester Tigers Community programme.

“Playing an integral role in helping to facilitate and further strengthen links between the Leicester Tigers and the wider community is something we are very much looking forward to being part of.

“Joining forces with such a prestigious and successful local and international sporting brand is a very proud alliance for us to forge and we anticipate an exciting year ahead.”