Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 79

Sheffield Tigers Tigers’ top try scorer Jamie Broadley. Images Courtesy at Francis Morris first team have been Tigers since the juniors. Rooted firmly in the community, the team has deep connections with local schools and Sheffield Hallam University. As a result, the club has exceptionally large minis section and an active juniors section. First team coaches and players attend juniors’ and colts’ training sessions as, like all clubs, Tigers work hard to retain players through the juniors and into the adult game. The team is currently actively recruiting under 16s to replace those who will join the colts this autumn. Over the next few seasons, Tigers want to consolidate their position in National 2 North. As an independent club, it is vital that the club builds a solid business base to fund improvements to facilities for players and supporters alike. New management of the minis and juniors has already seen happy John Monks of club sponsor Mach One recently told Rugby Club Magazine about his positive association with Sheffield Tigers RUFC. He said, “My wife Karen and I get down to watch as many games as we can and with me running my own business it means working on a Saturday morning and then getting off to see the matches fairly sharply. We live, breath and eat rugby in our house and I suppose that is down to the passion of our son Lee who loves being a part of the Tigers setup.” “Lee plays anywhere in the back row and was part of the great escape last season. He has developed over the years through the colts and into the 2nd and 1st team squads. The Tigers are very nice club to be part of with a very friendly bunch of people amongst their members and fans. “The club and coaches have a very positive approach towards their players. We found that Lee was allowed to develop at his own pace which has really helped him. I have seen players before who were pushed on too quickly to their detriment, especially into the hard and competitive standard offered by National league rugby. “We are all looking forward to the new season and the Sheffield derbies and feel very optimistic for the fast and furious Tigers in the 2017/2018 campaign.” and successful seasons for kids in both sections and the club is now striving to bring real depth at all age groups. At the adult level, as well as veterans, there are players enough for a first and second XV. In the longer-term Tigers are looking to recruit enough for a third. For now, though, as the chants of ‘We are staying up!’ still echo from the end of season parties, Sheffield Tigers are all smiles. VERY PROUD OF OUR ASSOCIATION WITH SHEFFIELD TIGERS RUFC Telephone: 0114 2700 545 Fax: 0114 2767 438 Website: www.mach-int.com Email: andrew@mach-int.com Address: Norfolk Bridge Business Park, Sheffield S4 7YW www.rugbyclubmag.com 79