February 19th 2020


Representatives of Leicester Tigers and the Uniformed Services.

(L-R) Lt Commander Shaw: Col (Ret’d) John Wilson, Regional Employer Engagement Director, East Midlands RFCA: Jamie Doig (Tigers staff/Reservist): Tigers COO Andrea Pinchen: Stuart Barnes (Tigers staff/Royal Marines): Rory Underwood Tigers non-executive director: Phil Everitt (Tigers staff/Royal Navy): Col (Ret’d) Martin Romilly (Royal Leicestershire Regiment): Colonel Lucy Giles (President Army Officer Selection Board): Alec Brown (Tigers staff/Reservist): Chief Air Marshall Michael Wigston: Capt Lee McAnespie 2 Anglian (Poachers): Tigers CEO Simon Cohen.

Leicester Tigers Rugby Club are the latest organisation in the East Midlands to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant.  A special matchday was held to celebrate the work of the region’s uniformed services.

Representatives from Leicester Police and Ambulance services, as well as the Navy, RAF Reserves, Royal Anglian Regiment and the RNLI took over the Holland & Barrett Stand at Leicester Tigers.  The Thurmaston Marching Brass Band provided the music ahead of kick-off.

Thurmaston Brass Band.

Thurmaston Marching Brass Band performed before kick-off.

Some of the region’s highest-ranking officials from the Armed Forces were also in attendance, posing for an official photograph recognising the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant.  The Covenant is a pledge by the club to help support and promote opportunities for servicemen and women.

The Covenant includes a commitment to supporting serving personnel, Reservists, veterans and military families alongside career opportunities, employee support and charity funding.

It focuses on helping members of the Armed Forces community have the same access to Government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.

Reservist helps young fan.

Reservists showing young fans the ropes.

Former player and Non-Executive Director Rory Underwood of Leicester Tigers currently serves as Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire. A number of staff members have also served in the Navy, Royal Marines, RAF and Army Reserves.

More than 23,500 supporters packed into Welford Road to watch Tigers make it three home wins a row, beating the Wasps 18-9.  Uniformed services personnel benefitted from a special discounted ticket in recognition of their service to the community, as part of the annual fixture in the club’s calendar.

To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant, click here.

"We are delighted that Leicester Tigers have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. With veterans and Reservists amongst their staff, they are well aware of the benefits of employing Armed Forces personnel, and helping to support those who work for the security of the nation." John Wilson, East Midlands RFCA.