Leicester Tigers supporters ‘zoomed’ in to the first ‘#VirtualTigersForum as senior figures from the club answered questions put forward to them from fans.
Head coach Steve Borthwick, head of physical performance Aled Walters, director of rugby Geordan Murphy and Tigers chief executive officer Andrea Pinchen joined supporters for an hour as they provided insight into the goings on at Welford Road and Oval Park over the last few months.
A usual fixture of the season, the Open Supporters’ Forum invites fans and members of the public to ask any question to the panel and due to Covid restrictions, saw the club provide an alternative event for the fanbase.
Questions were split into topics giving each member of the panel the opportunity to step in offering their insight alongside a mention of the supporter who had submitted the question.
Watch some of the first questions put forward to the panel in the LTTV video below.
Talking about the club’s progress on the pitch, Borthwick said: “I want us to develop, I want us to get better, and I look every day about what we can do better to coach this team to make more progress.
“Players who have come through the Leicester Tigers Academy have had the opportunity to wear the shirt. That’s given me the chance to learn about players, and the one thing that is clear is you see how hard they have fought in representing the shirt.”
On his journey so far with the club, Aled Walters said: “I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s definitely less travel – we went to Exeter in the first game back and that’s the longest drive!
“With international rugby you have to work with the cards you’re dealt, but what I’m excited about is working with this group to see what we can achieve. It’s really exciting.”
When asked about where the squad has improved, Murphy answered: “I can see a huge improvement in where we are from June to September already.
“I’ve been hugely impressed with the clarity that Steve has given to the players. I don’t think any of the players are under any illusions on how we want to play. Where we find ourselves at the moment, we want to strengthen the squad with players who want to be here and want to get better.
“I feel sorry for the newcomers, I feel sorry for the players who haven’t experienced Welford Road just yet! If you see players in and around the community, please make them feel welcome.”
On the return to the stadium for fans, Andrea Pinchen explained: “Whether you have had a full refund, whether you have donated, whichever option you chose, everyone who was signed on as a season ticket holder for the season will be entered into any ballot. It’s the only fair way to do it.
“It’s a difficult situation, but we’ve had to be adaptable. We have many extras costs coming in just as the revenue streams have dried up, but we’ve put ourselves in the position to ride the storm. The support we have received is absolutely phenomenal and I can’t say a big enough thank you for that.
Find out more about the Supporters' Forum at the link below.