Debut day to remember for young Castleford Tigers fans

Young fans pictured on the Castleford Tigers pitch before their first Super League match. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
Young fans pictured on the Castleford Tigers pitch before their first Super League match. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

After the first ‘My Home Debut’ promotion proved a huge success in the Hull KR game Castleford Tigers are set to repeat the idea to give young fans the opportunity to make their first ever match special with a once in a lifetime experience.

For the Hull KR game the Tigers welcomed Seth Bradley (aged 2), Elliot Ward-Power (5), Callum Ford (6), Jacob Barras (6), Charlie Turton (8), Ollie Mitchell-Dale (8), George Mattinson (9) and Stephen Laverty (9) to their first ever Castleford match.

When they first arrived with their family they were greeted by chief executive Steve Gill and Tigers mascots JT and Tiger Man and presented with their matchday programme featuring their names and pictures as well as a certificate as a memento.

They then headed towards the Tigers dressing rooms so they could experience what the players do before a big game and also had the opportunity to have their photos taken with the playing shirts.

After the children ran through the tunnel onto the famous Wish Communications pitch they all followed in the footsteps of many Tigers stars of the past and present by scoring a try under the Wheldon Road End posts.

The Tigers players were on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos before the match and the ‘Home Debutants’ topped off their visit taking a lap of the pitch moments before kick-off.

Tigers fan Gareth Bradley said: “I want to say a massive ‘thank you’ for the day that you have given my two boys.

“Seth has come home saying he wants to be a Tiger and has had such a good day that he’s fallen asleep on the sofa (never happens) in his shirt.

“The time that you gave us and the experience for my boys ‘behind the scenes’ will stay with them for a long time. It was fantastic that Steve took time out on what must be a manic day for him to come and see the kids, talk us through the facilities and then stay and chat - fantastic, community club, too right!

Darren Mattinson said: “My home debut is a winner. My son George came away from the game wanting more.

“It’s great that the club are looking at our future fans. The concept is a great idea and a nice for fans young and old.”

Tigers CEO Steve Gill said: “The idea of My Home Debut is to give young children who have never been to a Cas game before an experience that they will never forget.

“I’m delighted to have been able to meet those people and give them that opportunity. We are a community club and I’d like this club to continue to offer fans more ways to feel a part of the Tigers.

“I’m glad that the children and their families had a thoroughly enjoyable day and it was fantastic that the team topped it off with a win. Hopefully they will become lifelong fans.”

For your child to be in with the chance of enjoying the ‘My Home Debut’ experience at the next home match, send their full name, age, photograph and contact details to with ‘My Home Debut’ as the subject line and the club will randomly select and notify two winners. The junior guests must be accompanied by an adult (18+) who must either be a member or buy an adult ticket.