University earn chance of tips from the Tigers
RUGBY players from the University of Derby have won a competition to train with Premiership giants Leicester Tigers.
The student outfit are one of 12 amateur clubs who will receive a specifically designed training session from the Tigers, plus £1,000 worth of kit, courtesy of QBE Rugby Pro.
Now in its third year, QBE Rugby Pro rewards clubs in England who best demonstrate the benefits expert guidance from top Premiership rugby coaches and players would provide.
QBE's partnership with Premiership rugby forms part of the wider QBE coaching programme, which aims to improve the quality of coaching at grass roots level across the country.
The judging panel, which consisted of members of the media, Premiership rugby and QBE, were extremely impressed by University of Derby RFC's desire to establish rugby as a key sport, having witnessed a growing increase in interest and participation numbers in recent years despite insufficient training opportunities and facilities.
University of Derby RFC player and committee member Charlie Millen said: "We are so proud to win this fantastic prize.
"The team have got a real appetite for the sport and this is a great reward for the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes.
"It will undoubtedly benefit our players and coaches to train with professionals from Leicester Tigers."
Commercial manager of QBE's Stafford operation, Mike Bowen, added: "We are delighted that University of Derby RFC has won.
"Their entry was a great example of how sport helps inspire the community and we hope that the contribution of a specialist training session and new equipment from QBE will help the club to develop and introduce more people to the game."
For more information on the winning clubs and further details on QBE Rugby Pro, visit www.QBErugby.com.