Young players from across Leicester are heading to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final on Saturday thanks to programmes delivered by Leicester Tigers’ community coaches.
Groups from Fullhurst Community College and Braunstone Community Primary, as well as three members of the club’s HITZ education programme, will all head to Twickenham to showcase their work and rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in rugby.
The Braunstone pupils will take part in a pre-match tag rugby demonstration on the famous pitch as part of Premiership Rugby’s Tackling Health project.
Delivered in partnership with the Greggs Foundation, the key aims of Tackling Health are to improve young people’s understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a healthy diet, and to increase levels of physical activity.
Meanwhile, a group of girls from Fullhurst Community College head to Kneller Hall ahead of the big game for a rugby festival celebrating the work of the Move Like A Pro (MLAP) programme, before taking to the Twickenham turf for a half-time touch rugby demonstration.
MLAP is a 12-week programme designed by Premiership Rugby for people who are not currently particularly active, inspiring a legacy of long-term lifestyle change across the rugby community.
The three HITZ students – Ellis Bacon, Mitchell Bailey and Jack Hawker – have been selected by Tigers’ community team for their willingness to engage in the award-winning education and employability programme throughout the season.
They will have the chance to walk out at Twickenham Stadium as well as make the most of a day of team-building activities with the Royal Navy and an inspirational talk from Paul Vice, an ex-Royal Marine and Invictus Games gold medal winner.