Ely Tigers says ‘Balls to Covid-19’

It has long been tradition that at their end of season party the awesome boys and girls in our Mini’s section (U6’s-U12’s) would be presented with a little trophy as a thank you from the club to them for their hard work and enthusiasm to learn over the course of the season.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic we were forced to cancel this year’s event and our young Tigers had to adapt and ended up holding their end of season events online. This meant we were not able to all get together and present them with their trophies!

This is when our Mini’s Chairman Christian Griffin came up with an idea to do something a little different this year and still show our appreciation to the children, whilst also hopefully helping towards their physical and mental health over the summer and beyond. 

A proposal was made and wholeheartedly approved by the committee and we are very happy to announce that instead of trophies, this year we have decided to issue each our of Tiger cubs with their very own rugby ball….. all 195 of them! 

Christian had this to say about the new venture:

“As a club we recognise that the COVID-19 has been very challenging for people all over the globe and certainly been hard on our local rugby community. It has been fantastic seeing our community coming together with fun activities for our players and hilarious “pass the ball/toilet roll/loaf of bread” videos being shared over Facebook.

We are very happy to announce that an idea for the Minis Section that we have been formulating for some time is now ready, so we can tell you all about it!! We think this will help all of our players keep up their physical and mental health and also their love of rugby!

As our season was cut short and we missed out on the Awards Presentation Day, we wanted to do something extra for our players to mark the end of this season and start them thinking about the summer holidays and preparing for next season (whenever that might be!!)”

Club Chairman Chris Day added:

“One of the highlights of my season in recent years has been attending the Mini’s end of season party and presenting the kids with their trophies. It was a real shame we couldn’t all be together to celebrate this year but this new initiative is certainly a very good alternative! We are immensely proud of our young Tiger Cubs, their numbers continue to grow year on year and they always have a smile on their faces, despite the early start and changeable English weather!”

We would also like to say thank you to RAM Rugby, our equipment supplier, for their assistance in putting together the order and being so efficient in getting them to us.   

Tristan from RAM Rugby had this to say about it:

“It is a challenging time for all at the moment and it is heart-warming to hear what many rugby clubs, including Ely, are doing in their communities. We were delighted to support Ely Tigers initiative to donate rugby balls to their Mini’s to both help them practice at home and more importantly still feel part of the Ely Tigers family”

We will be issuing the balls this weekend and we look forward to seeing lots of smiling happy Tigers practicing and playing in the garden, the park, the beach, wherever and whenever they can.

#ElyTigers #TigerCubs #LoveRugby

Press release from Ely Tigers Rugby Club

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