#TigersFamily Matters explores the work of the Leicester Tigers community team shining the light on opportunities for people through sport and education.
In this week’s instalment, we chat to Tigers rugby development officer Josh Black, who works to deliver rugby opportunities to special educational needs and disability groups.
“Last year was a fantastic year in terms of getting out to schools and groups and delivering programmes for all abilities to get involved with rugby”, Josh says.
“We aim to create tailored sessions and activities that challenge the perceptions of disabilities in sports.
Over the past two years, we’ve now engaged with 4,000 young people in 60 schools across county.”
A great example of how Tigers are leading the way in SEND opportunities is the club’s wheelchair rugby team, who last season were crowned champions of the sport's top division for the first time.
Josh explained: “The team’s success on the court last year really is testament to the hard work of the players and staff. Wheelchair rugby is growing as a sport and Leicester is very much at the heart of its development.
“Members of the playing team helped to deliver youth wheelchair rugby sessions in schools and the city hosted the inaugural Quad Nations tournament between Australia, Great Britain, Japan and the USA.
“The team are a huge inspiration and, with players and staff representing the sport on the world stage, we’re hugely excited about driving the programme forward."
You can follow members of Leicester Tigers wheelchair rugby team in action for Great Britain from this weekend at the World Championships in Sydney, Australia (August 5 -10).
Find out more about Tigers community programmes by visiting the link below.