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Tigers out and about in Leicestershire ahead of new season

Leicester Tigers players Graham Kitchener, Brendon O'Connor, Sam Harrison and Mike Fitzgerald visited main partner Holland & Barrett's head office in Nuneaton earlier this week, joining staff from the health and wellness retailer in celebrating their range of Manuka Honey on offer across the United Kingdom that officially launched on August 1.

H&B are the first UK retailer to sell Manuka Honey which has passed the new legislation set by the New Zealand government, with the new ratings offering customers an easier way to establish which is the best Manuka for them.

The players, who are frequent users of the product, heard from experts on the benefits of Manuka and posed for photographs with employees and guests at the event.

Speaking to LeicesterTigers.com at H&B HQ, Tigers back-rower O'Connor said: “Manuka Honey is a product used by each player in our own preparation for training and games every day at Tigers.”

“It’s great to see our partners providing the product to customers in the UK, especially as a New Zealander ... as I’m definitely bias in wanting to see it used more and more!”

You can see the full range of Manuka Honey on offer from Holland & Barrett online here.

Meanwhile, on Thursday afternoon, Tigers mascot 'Welford' was a welcome guest at the Global Payments head office in Leicester as part of a staff engagement day at the base of one the club's newest partners.

Global Payments joined the Tigers Family during last season, with a commitment to the community of Leicestershire with their support for the Healthy Schools Programme educating youngsters across the county on the benefits of healthy living, eating and an active lifestyle.

This season the Global Payments logo also takes its place on the Tigers home and alternate strips, featuring atop the number patch on the rear of the shirts.

Staff from Global Payments took part in Fordy's Kicking Challenge in the company's car park, had a spin of Welford's Wheel for a chance to win prizes - including tickets to the pre-season fixture against London Irish on Friday, August 24 at Welford Road and were given a look at the brand new kit featuring their own logo.

They were also offered a chance to pre-order the 2018/19 strip, purchase season and match tickets and pose for photos with rugby's favourite mascot.

Speaking to LeicesterTigers.com from the Global Payments office, just up the road from the home of Leicester Tigers, senior partnership executive Sophie Bylina discussed the importance of engaging with not only the top level of sponsors but all involved in the workings of the business.

"A partnership with Tigers is just that, a partnership," she said.

"We are proud to be a family club and sponsorship in the modern sporting world is more than just logos and corporate events, it's about engaging everybody involved with the business and learning about what they do, what we do and how we can work together to not only promote each of our names but also support our communities - which for us and Global Payments is Leicestershire.

"Global Payments have been an extremely engaging partner since joining us last season and have helped deliver hugely importance lessons to students across the county and we are excited to grow that relationship more and more in the future."

Learn more about Global Payments here.