‘A Lions Pride’ event on Parsons Green a roaring success
This weekend as Official Outfitters of The British & Irish Lions, we transformed the legendary White Horse pub, Parsons Green into The Pink Lion Rugby Club and presented a one off event and day of rugby fun – playfully named ‘A Lions Pride’.
The ‘Lions Pride’ event was the only event where fans were able to see the Lions in public, in a Lions capacity, before their leaving to for New Zealand. Thousands of people were in attendance and were given the chance to meet Lions legends (past and present) whilst enjoying a BBQ, live music and an exclusive pop up Thomas Pink shop that showcased our official Lions Collection.
The green at Parsons Green acted as an interactive experience zone, where other Lions sponsors were able to provide activities to keep people entertained. Festivities officially kicked off at 12:30pm and we enlisted the help of VIP Lions guests to help run elements of the day. Lions Jonathan Joseph, Stuart Hogg, Rory Best and recently names premiership player of the season - Taulupe Faletau where all in attendance, interacting with fans and adding to the event’s atmosphere. Lions legends Shane Williams and Phil Vickery were manning the pub’s BBQ, keeping fans fed and entertained with tales from past tours.
At 2pm, 60 lucky children (aged 6-12) were given the chance to test their skills against the best of Britain and Ireland. They were also given some top tips from the Lions players, who were special guest coaches for a Thomas Pink Masterclass. The budding future Lions were put through their paces by coaches from Barnes Rugby Club and then happily congregated for selfies and autographs with the Lions players after the session.
As the afternoon’s festivities drew to a close, fans were invited to gather in the pub to listen to an exclusive ‘Lions tales’ Q&A. Joseph, Hogg, Best and Faletau were joined by Williams, Vickery and Richard Hill and the panel of Lions shared their best rugby anecdotes, dressing-room tales and aspirations for the upcoming New Zealand tour.
Talaupe Faletau, British & Irish Lions added "It was a really fun day, it was great to be a part of. The Thomas Pink masterclass activity today really showed us how excited the youngsters get by the Lions which is great to see. It certainly hits home how much people back home will be supporting us when we head out to New Zealand and that's an amazing feeling."