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New project to celebrate Tigers heritage

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History, heritage and tradition are at the heart of the Leicester Tigers and the club is embarking on an ambitious project to celebrate its roots and links in the local community.

The club has formed a Time Team to ensure that the Tigers' rich and successful history is recognised and secured.
The starting point is to focus on the club’s beginnings and to celebrate the links between Leicester Tigers and the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.
In 1880 Leicester Football Club was formed at the George Hotel in the city and the first Tigers reference followed in The Leicester Post during February 1885 when a report stated that the "Tigers stripes were keeping well together" in a match against Bedford School.
The Tigers name came from a chocolate and orange kit from those formative years and was influenced by the close links with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. The 1880 squad included a number of officers from the Regiment and throughout the history of the Tigers men from the regiment have been involved in the team and administration.
The club is now fundraising for a Foundation Monument to act as a gateway to a larger heritage and community project, and to act as an iconic symbol of respect for the past and inspiration for the future.
The monument will recognise members of the Leicestershire Regiment who have played for the Tigers and act as a memorial to the fallen.

As the club’s heritage projects also have the support of the Leicester Tigers Foundation’s other key areas of disability sports, education and inclusion, the monument will also serve to recognise those whose lives have been affected by injury in rugby or in conflict and how Tigers are working with disability sport to offer inspiration and support to inspire future generations and different cultures.
To support the club its fundraising, the Leicester Tigers Foundation is offering a limited-edition Foundation Crown including the crest of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment and Leicester Tigers as well as an image of the "Fighting Tigers" design upon which the monument will be based.
For a donation of £110 you will receive a limited-edition crown, an invitation to the official unveiling event scheduled for November 2018 and your name will be laser-etched on to the base of the monument. All proceeds from the Foundation Crown will go towards the club’s heritage projects.
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