Young players from Paviours Rugby Club and Newark Rugby Club honed their skills with the professionals at 10-time English champions Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
The groups from Nottingham took part in a Tigers Matchday Coaching Clinic and then joined a 23,000-strong crowd for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Exeter Chiefs at Welford Road.
Tigers Matchday Coaching Clinics allow teams to work with Tigers coaches to develop their individual and team skills, as well as taking tips and techniques with them to work on in the rest of the season.
The Paviours players also had an opportunity to quiz Tigers back George Catchpole about life in rugby and then they soaked up the matchday atmosphere at Welford Road and watched the professionals in action as Tigers secured a 20-13 victory.
They even managed to follow in the players’ footsteps by having a team photo taken on the famous turf at half-time in front of the crowd.
Martin Brummitt, a coach at Newark, accompanied the team for their photo alongside Tigers wingers Adam Thompstone and Jonah Holmes, and said: “The day’s been a fantastic experience, the lads have enjoyed every minute of it and it was great to learn from Tigers coaches.”
Paviours coach Andy Carey accompanied the team for their photo and said: “It’s been brilliant. Everyone has had a fantastic time.
“One lad who hasn’t trained all season came along today and will now be getting back into rugby thanks to the coaching clinic, topped off by a great match here at Welford Road.”