In the clubs 125th year of rugby at Welford Road, we’ve been catching up with the Tigers Family to hear the stories behind why they love supporting Leicester Tigers.
Not only do the staff at Welford Road and Oval Park work hard behind the scenes, but almost all are fans of Tigers themselves.
Meet Tigers digital media manager Pradip ‘Pudz’ Patel from Leicester, who joined Tigers in 2010 as a new media executive.
Pudz said: “Before working at Tigers, I used to work as a freelancer. I knew of Tigers growing up but had never followed rugby, or ever been to a game at Welford Road.
I was quickly hooked by the game and my understanding grew over time.Pradip 'Pudz' Patel, digital media manager
“Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in many projects including the launch of various websites and creating numerous digital content, as well as being part of the team on matchdays and supporter events.
“When I first started watching Tigers I remember being surprised that both sets of fans were sat together in the stands. But straight away I realised it was all part of the game, having a laugh and a drink with opposing fans is what makes Welford Road a great place to visit.”
“I was quickly hooked by the game and my understanding grew over time. Since working at Tigers, I’ve been to lots of other rugby matches around the world such as European Rugby Champions Cup matches and a World Cup final - I’d love to go on a Lions tour at some point in the future!
“What is it like to work at Tigers? Well, the Tigers Family isn’t just a hashtag. Everyone at the club is behind the team and every day brings new and exciting challenges. I love my job and I’m lucky enough to work for my team and be part of what goes on behind the scenes.”
One of Pudz's favourite memories at Welford Road was when he faced the Maori All Blacks famous haka whilst filming for the clubs LTTV channel.