Tigers' fun day success at Swaffham RFC
PUBLISHED: 16:21 23 June 2011
Swaffham RFC hailed the success of a Leicester Tigers fun day of tag rugby and coaching which has helped recruit potential new players and raise vital club funds.
More than 150 young players took part in tag games and activities at Swaffham RFC with Tigers’ rugby development officer Justin Loveridge and Academy captain Charlie Clare.
They also put Swaffham’s youth age groups through their paces during the event on Sunday, which was part of Tigers’ Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
Swaffham created a day of fun activities with go-karting, climbing wall, bouncy castle and archery.
It helped attract new families to the club and raise £700 to help fund their activities. Young players also signed up to the Tigers’ rugby course, which will be held at Swaffham from July 25-29.
Ian Milligan, Swaffham youth chairman, said: “I have been with the rugby club for nine years and it is the most successful event that we have had regarding recruitment and school interaction.
“We have welcomed 16 families as members to the club together with a number of others committing to come back for the next session we run.
“More importantly, numerous children and their families have experienced what rugby as a sport and a community has to offer.”
Tigers have been running their Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme in schools around the Swaffham club.
The programme sees Loveridge give schools a six-week introduction to the sport and work with teachers to continue with tag once the club’s coaches have moved on. Equipment and resources are left behind.
The programme aims to help create a legacy by encouraging the young players who have been taking part to continue playing rugby.
It included a festival of tag rugby, hosted by Swaffham RFC, where the young players were able to put their new skills into practice before concluding with Sunday’s fun day.
“The programme is proving very popular with everyone who has taken part,” said Tigers’ community manager Scott Clarke. “It was a fantastic day at Swaffham, thanks to a lot of hard work by those involved.
“The programme is helping to nurture young talent of the future as well as giving young people more confidence and inspiration to enjoy sport and keep fit.”