Scott Clarke, head of community and global partnerships at Leicester Tigers, joined BBC Radio Leicester’s Rugby Show this week to talk about the club’s work in the community and beyond.
Off the back of the announcement welcoming Belgian champions Dendermonde Rugby Club as the Tigers’ latest global partner, Clarke shared all the latest on activity abroad and around the UK.
“Dendermonde is a club very much like Tigers in terms of its values and traditions,” Clarke explained. “We’re really excited about working with them to develop grassroots rugby further.”
Speaking on the work of the Tigers Foundation, Clarke added: “We’re into our third year with the Foundation and we’ve got a focus to really make a difference. The association with Tigers acts as a platform for us to go out and use sport to make a positive difference to a lot of local people.
“In our 125th year at Welford Road, we’re lucky to have our hotel development in progress and it’s important we continue to give something back to the city. There’s a real focus on supporting inner-city schools, groups that may be under-represented and communities that may not have the opportunity to play rugby and feel a part of the Tigers family.”
Tigers AASE team (Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence) were in action this week and Clarke spoke of the club’s partnership with Brooksby Melton College, saying: “It’s an amazing campus for sports and we’ve developed a rugby programme for higher education students for the last couple of years.
“We have an AASE squad in place to compete in the top college league, allowing players to develop on and off the pitch, with a qualification in sports science.”
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