Oadby Wyggestonians U15s and East Bergholt High School put on a brave display in less than ideal conditions as they took on the Ultimate Big Boot challenge during Tigers’ Gallagher Premiership clash with Wasps.
The Ultimate Big Boot, sponsored by De Montfort University (DMU), tests the catching skills of participants on the Welford Road pitch as part of the half-time entertainment at the home of the Leicester Tigers.
Oadby Wyggs U15s, who had been nominated by DMU to take part in the challenge, managed two catches, while East Bergholt came away with just the one catch – the same number ‘caught’ by the roof of the Mattioli Woods Stand – as both teams competed against high winds at half time.
Curtis Tewley is captain of the Oadby Wyggs U15 team and tried his hand at the challenge in front of more than 25,000 supporters.
“It feels good to get out in front of the crowd. I know they’re not quite here to watch us, but it’s still a bit nerve-wracking.
“I wouldn’t say I was nervous before I came out, but I certainly was when I dropped that ball!
“Otherwise, it’s good to come down and watch Tigers in such a big match.”
Solomon Breyer, who led the East Bergholt team, added: “You don’t quite notice the crowd as much when you’re on the pitch trying to catch the ball!”
The season’s best score so far is seven, set by staff from the Tigers Group Sales team during the European match against the Scarlets.
The Ultimate Big Boot is available for group bookings and all competitors receive a Big Boot T-shirt as a souvenir. All participants must be aged 14 or over. For more information, call 0116 2171 216 and learn more about our Group Days.