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CELEBRATION DAY AT WELFORD ROAD TO MARK THE CLIMAX OF THE 25TH YEAR OF THE PRIMA TIGER CUP

       

Huge well done to all the teams who participated in the cup this season!

We really have gone from humble beginnings back in 1994/95 when just eight teams took part through to the current season with more than 70 clubs involved. The increasingly popular, free-to-enter Prima Tiger Cup is a contact-based fun event open to all clubs at under-10s level.

The event starts with participating teams taking part in four festivals. This year’s festivals were hosted by Diss, Lutterworth, Tamworth and Mellish rugby clubs with teams who best demonstrated the true ethos of the game then invited to Welford Road for the celebration day.

Eric Barker, Tigers Community Events Manager who has been co-ordinating the Prima Tiger Cup festivals from the start said,  “Who’d have thought that in those early days we would be here celebrating what is now the largest and most prestigious single-age playing opportunity in the calendar. Things have changed as minis rugby has moved forward. “

“Back when we started, it was originally a knockout competition involving eight teams. Now the festival annually attracts upwards of 70 clubs recognising the efforts of young players, their coaches and supporters by championing the true values of the game.”

Successful teams from Beccles, Hinckley, Old Newtonians, Silhillians, Tamworth and Woodbridge rugby clubs followed in the footsteps of rugby legends by running out on the hallowed Leicester Tigers turf ahead of their kick-off in the senior team’s Gallagher Premiership fixture against Bristol Bears.

As well as playing their own games, the teams were then able to watch the professionals in action. Teams returned to the pitch at half-time in front of a 20,000-strong crowd to be presented with their awards by Tigers star, Manu Tuilagi and Joint Managing Director from Prima Solutions, Stephen Belcher.

Scott Lydon, a coach at Old Newtonians, said: “The team appreciate that this is a very important opportunity for them – they don’t know whether they’ll get to do something like this again. There were a lot of nervous faces before the game but they can take away the fact that they have played on the same pitch as their idols. Today is also a fantastic opportunity for the families – We are a big family and to have so many people come down and support us just adds to making this a great day for everyone.”

If you know someone who would like to register their interest in taking part in the 2019/20 festivals or have a question, please email primatigercup@tigers.co.uk or visit https://www.leicestertigers.com/community/prima-tiger-cup for more details.