The Ultimate Big Boot isn’t the easiest of challenges in the best of conditions, let alone with Storm Dennis throwing everything at you.
It was the turn of Milton Keynes RFC and South Leicester RFC to face the music – and atrocious weather conditions – in the latest instalment of the half-time Big Boot entertainment during Tigers 18-9 victory over Wasps at Welford Road.
Bought to fans in partnership with De Montfort University, the Ultimate Big Boot challenges two teams to try and catch up to ten rugby balls fired high into the sky.
Despite Dennis’s best attempts, both teams managed to catch three of the ten balls resulting in a share of the spoils.
Ashley, 15 from South Leicester RFC, said: “It was windy, cold and not great conditions, but it was a really fun challenge to take a part of. I was quite nervous, when we stood out there as I’ve never been on the pitch before.
“I managed to catch one of the balls, being a wing I’m used to the high balls and windy conditions so I’m glad I managed to keep hold of one.”
Tim Parkinson from Milton Keynes RFC said: “I can’t believe I managed to catch one if I’m honest. As soon as we stepped out onto the pitch, you could feel the full force. Top credit to the Tigers and Wasps players today for playing in these conditions.
“We’ve taken part in the Big Boot a few times now and try to make it an annual event for the club to take part in, so would recommend any club to come and have a go.”
Sponsored by De Montfort University, the Ultimate Big Boot is available for group bookings and all competitors receive a Big Boot T-shirt as a souvenir. All participants must be aged 14 or over.
For more information on how to get involved, phone the group sales team on 0116 2171 216.