Heritage is as at the heart of Leicester Tigers as the club continues its ambitious project to celebrate its links with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.
Leicester Tigers will mark Armistice Day at this weekend’s Anglo-Welsh Cup fixture against Gloucester Rugby at Welford Road.
With the team playing at Bath on the weekend of November 11, the club will hold a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off at this week’s fixture, led by a recital of the Last Post. Tigers players will also wear special poppy armbands for both the Gloucester and Bath fixtures.
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collectors will be based around the stadium too.
Supporters are helping to raise the funds required for a Foundation Monument which will commemorate those who gave their lives in armed conflict. The 12-metre high Tigers monument will stand outside the main entrance at Welford Road in memory of the 46 Leicester players and 100 Barbarians players who lost their lives in the fighting.
Supporters can get involved by receiving a limited edition Foundation Crown – a special coin which displays the crest of the Regiment and Leicester Tigers – alongside having your name engraved at the base of the monument in permanent recognition of your support.
The £110 Foundation Crown donation will go towards the funding to develop and build the archway. This includes a special invitation to the proposed unveiling event at Welford Road in November 2018.
Along with the monument, a new discovery app which will support the project is in development and will offer fans an interactive way to learn about Tigers heritage.
Founded in 1880, the Tigers team at the time included a number of officers from the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, nicknamed the ‘Tigers’ and throughout the history of the rugby club, men from the regiment have been involved in the team and administration.
The monument will serve to recognise those whose lives have been affected by injury in rugby or in conflict and how Tigers are working with disability sport to offer inspiration and support.
The club’s heritage projects also supports the work of the Leicester Tigers Foundation which provides opportunities in the community for inclusive sport, disability sports and education.
All proceeds from the Foundation Crown will go towards the club’s heritage projects.
In order to obtain your Foundation crown you can go online below or visit the Tigers ticket office at Welford Road or call 0116 319 8888 (option 2).