Boston Football Club is doing something different by sponsoring a real life version of its mascot, and getting the youngest members of the club involved.
The club has adopted a tiger from Thailand through World Wildlife Fund, done through club member Leah Stuart-Douglas.
Ms Stuart-Douglas said the idea originated from her sons, A grade captain Sam Kolega and his brother Joe Kolega, after watching a documentary about WWF’s conservation efforts with tigers in Thailand.
“After that they came up with the idea to sponsor a tiger,” she said.
The club has received an adoption certificate from WWF and in a attached sponsorship letter Ms Stuart-Douglas included a message to the club.
It says “this is OUR club tiger – be wild and free like a tiger should be”.
To go along with this adoption the Kolega brothers also came up with the idea of getting the club’s junior footballers involved through a tiger pinata.
Mr Kolega said every time a junior team wins a match this year they will feed the tiger a bag of lollies and put a stripe on it, and break it open at the end of the season.
He said club members have been very supportive of the initiative.
“You always want to get into the hearts and souls of the young kids,” he said.
Mr Kolega said the tiger’s body was made using his brother Joe’s back to mold a cast of modroc plaster.
The tiger was also given the name ‘Boston Bob’ after young member Jake Siviour won the chance to name it at the club’s Tigers Unite Night on April 19.
“I was just playing around and thought about Boston, and Bob was a cool name,” Jake said.