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#MeetTheFamily: The YouTube generation

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Leicester Tigers are getting to know the stories behind the supporters with the #MeetTheFamily series.

In the next feature, we hear from two sets of lads and dads who have been coming down to Welford Road for a number of years – and who one day hope to walk out for their club!

Young rugby players Joel Sharpe and Dillan Phillips from Ashby Hill both play for Melton Rugby Club under-11’s and first got into rugby through watching videos on YouTube.

Joel explained: 

“I started watching YouTube videos of Leicester Tigers players and past games and it inspired me to start playing the game myself. I just got a ball and started playing in my back garden with Dillan and we were both hooked.”

Dillian added: “We played tag rugby at school and then went along to a rugby open day at Melton Mowbray RFC and now I just want to play as much as possible. We come and stand on the terrace watching the games and your so close to the game – maybe one day it will be me and Joel out there!”

Dad’s Oliver Sharpe and Neil Rabjohn have supported Tigers over the years and are both involved with their lads rugby.

Oliver said: “I first came down to Welford Road when I was 16 – which is a long time ago now – but I bought Joel along when he started playing tag rugby at school. 

“I used to play for my school but have followed Tigers ever since and it’s great to be able to bring the lads along and make a day out of it!”

Neil added: “I’ve been coming down to Welford Road for two years and I referee the under-11’s so I’m always keeping an eye on the man in the middle to see their positions and spot their decisions - hopefully in favour of Tigers!

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Tigers are next back in action at Welford Road for two massive derby days against Wasps (Saturday, March 2, 3.00pm) and Northampton Saints (Friday, March 22, 7.45pm). Get your tickets at the link below, or give our Tigers ticket office a call on 0116 319 8888 (option 2).