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Tigers' Swifts team is a big hit at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers hosted a special rugby match at half-time during last weekend’s Premiership Rugby Cup match against Worcester Warriors, as Tigers Swifts U10s team played their first-ever competitive contact match. 

Leicester Tigers newly-formed local club – The Swifts – played against Leicester Forest RFC U10’s team under the lights at Welford Road.

The team, which is based within black, Asian and minority ethnic communities around Leicester, enjoyed a day out at the home of Leicester Tigers playing the first half of their game over on Nelson Mandela Park before the 3.00pm kick-off.

The teams then took to the pitch and continued with the second half of the fixture during the half-time break in front of more than 17,000 fans.

The Swifts continue to grow with an U9’s team also joining the current U10 set-up. Both groups enjoy free training sessions hosted at Goals Leicester as well as an after-school club at Krishna Avanti Primary School. 

Sam Johnston, Tigers inclusive rugby development officer who runs the programme, said: “We were very proud of the team for getting stuck in and putting everything they have learnt over the past few weeks into practise. 

“A big thank to all the parents and teachers who have supported the team and we’re already looking forward to scheduling further matches with teams around the county this season.”

Tigers FREE tag rugby coaching sessions take place Goals Leicester on Wakerley Road (LE5 4WJ) every Monday from 4.30pm – 5.30pm.

To find out more about The Swifts or getting involved, please contact Sam Johnston on [email protected] or call 0116 2171328.