Young players from West Norfolk Rugby Club had the opportunity to develop their game with 10-time league champions Leicester Tigers on Sunday.
They joined a matchday coaching clinic ahead of Tigers’ opening home game of the season against Harlequins and then enjoyed the big game at Welford Road.
These clinics give players the opportunity to work with the club’s coaches on developing their individual and team skills, as well as taking tips and techniques with them to work on during the rest of the season.
The clinics also provide a chance to meet a first-team player and talk to them about playing professional rugby for the biggest club in the country and their hopes for the new season. Then all groups join a bumper crowd at Welford Road to watch a first-team game and see the professionals put those techniques into practice.
Players from the Norfolk club joined the clinic, watched the team’s win over Harlequins and they even managed to follow in the players’ footsteps by having a team photo taken on the pitch at half-time.
Dave Clark, under 10s coach at West Norfolk, accompanied the players on to the pitch for their half-time photo with Tigers stars Christian Loamanu and Jack Roberts, and said: “It’s been great being able to see someone else coach the players and get an idea on how best to play it.
“They all enjoyed it. It’s been absolutely awesome.
“The team were inspired by meeting the players in the question and asnwer session with Niall Morris and Dom Barrow, and then at the ground.
“They asked some really good questions. Some even came prepared with written questions!
“We had some sign up with the Junior Tigers Club and they got flags and goodie bags, so it’s been a brilliant day.”