Members of the Leicester Tigers squad have spent their time away from team training checking on long-time, elderly Season Ticket Holders as part of the #MakeThatCall campaign during this challenging, postponement period away from the game.
The campaign was started by fellow Premiership side Wasps after the League was postponed until late-April.
Like many around the world, the players are cooped up at home and locked out of the club's Oval Park training ground as the globe comes to terms with the Coronavirus pandemic.
Keep in touch with friends and your #TigersFamily 🐯 during this challenging time for us all.— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) March 24, 2020
Today, @George_Fordy gave long-time Season Ticket Holder, Tom, a call to see how he is managing at home.
Pick up the phone and #MakeThatCall ☎️ pic.twitter.com/LhN3UmAhog
Training alone in living rooms, front and back gardens and during their one session of physical activity outside of the house each day, the players are adapting - like the rest of the world - to a new working environment and more spare time than usually on offer in their busy lives.
And, with that extra time on offer, the players have picked up the phone to check in with those Season Ticket Holders confined to their homes during this time.
Internationals George Ford, Ben Youngs, Manu Tuilagi, Dan Cole, Jaco Taute, Telusa Veainu and their Tigers team-mates Harry Wells and Guy Thompson are just some of those to have picked up the phone so far and see how they can help - if even with just a chat - on some of the club's longest-serving and passionate supporters.
.@JacoTaute picked up the phone 📞 to check in on 77-year-old Tigers Season Ticket Holder Marilyn Sanderson today.— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) March 19, 2020
In these tough times, it doesn't take much to #MakeThatCall!
Check up on those close to you as we take on this challenging period, together as one #TigersFamily 🐯 pic.twitter.com/U7v8OIWGBd
Speaking about the initiative, Tigers back-rower Guy Thompson said: "It's the least we can do for fans who have supported the club for years and are facing a tough time during this pandemic."
"The older supporters are more at risk, as we've all read and seen in information from health experts, and so we just want to let them know we are here, however we can be, and to make sure they know that they aren't alone.
"Like it is for us as players during a season, knowing the fans have our back on matchdays, we want them to know we've got theirs too."
Keep an eye out for more messages from players on the club's social media platforms or check out the latest via #MakeThatCall.