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#TigersFamily Matters: Promoting the game

Throughout the summer, we’re giving fans an insight into the great work in the community the club delivers.

In the latest #TigersFamily Matters feature, we catch up with the club’s education and engagement manager David McDonald, who along with his team help to drive and promote rugby to people from all backgrounds. 

Tell us a little bit about the programmes you and the team have delivered this year?

“It’s been a hugely successful year for us driving the Project Rugby initiative, which centres around introducing black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities to the sport.

“We’ve visited more than 20 primary schools Tackling Numbers maths groups to initiative, started a new community team – The Swifts, as well as supporting special educational needs and disability for groups across the county.”

Why is Project Rugby important? 

“We’re currently heading into phase three of our Project Rugby delivery and each term we’re looking at new ways to bring opportunities to groups. We’ve built some great links with schools and clubs across Leicestershire bringing free lessons and inviting new comers to Welford Road to experience a matchday.

What’s in store for 2018/19?

“We’ve had great feedback on our programmes. We have delivered rugby sessions for inner city schools. We have teamed up with the British Transport Police welcoming groups to Welford Road to learn about railway safety. We’re moving our Swifts team training to a dedicated facility. 

We have a great team in place in Joe, Sam, Laurence and Chris and have dedicated even more resources to help continue to bring rugby to more people next year.”

Find out more about Tigers community programmes by visiting the link below.