FOLLOWING a mixed reaction from supporters Castleford Tigers have cancelled the planned Boxing Day event which involved an open training session and a chance to meet the players.
The club’s decision comes after 2013 members were asked to confirm whether they thought the proposed event was a good idea and if they would attend, from which, the decision to proceed would be based on the majority vote.
The poll revealed that 75 per cent either did not like the idea or liked the idea but still would not attend.
The Tigers are honouring its pledge to place its new members at the heart of the decisions it makes and has, therefore, decided to cancel the event.
Chief executive Steve Ferres (pictured) said: “Since we weren’t able to secure a suitable Boxing Day fixture, the board had been keen to hold an event that would still offer an opportunity for fans to come down to the ground and meet the new squad.
“We have been very up front about the limitations we have with resource and given the less than enthusiastic reaction, we thought it best to get direct feedback from our fans to establish whether it would be worthwhile for us to proceed with preparations.
“I must admit I was a little disappointed by the response, but appreciate that supporters want to see a game of rugby league on Boxing Day and I am sorry we can’t offer that this year.
“We are still keen to run more events over the coming season. We have our pre-season dinner coming up in January with further opportunities for fans to connect with the players and club throughout 2013. Watch this space for more details.”
Tickets are now available for the Tigers’ pre-season dinner which is taking place at the Wheatsheaf Banqueting Suite on Friday, January 4. Priced at £36, the evening includes a three-course meal and coffee, presentation of the playing shirts, player Q&A and comedian. For more information or to buy tickets, contact the club on 01977 552674.