Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Saturday announced their first-ever Junior Super Royal, a 13-year-old super fan who hails from Guwahati, Assam, but has his roots firmly planted in Rajasthan – a perfect candidate to represent the thousands of Rajasthan Royals’ adolescent fans.
The announcement was officially made to the young fan by Royals’ star all-rounder Riyan Parag, who paid a surprise visit to Aman’s home in Guwahati, ahead of the former’s departure for the UAE.
Aman Agarwal, a student of 8th standard, hails from the city known as the Gateway of North-East India, and has been inducted into the Rajasthan Royals’ exclusive fan programme ‘Super Royals’ as a Junior Super Royal. As part of the programme, Aman will get the chance to work alongside 25 other Super Royals and the franchise, acting as one of Rajasthan Royals’ youngest ambassadors off the field, also forming a link between the organisation and the larger fan community outside the Super Royals.
Excited to be given a once in a lifetime opportunity at such a young age, Aman expressed his delight saying: “I have been over the moon ever since I heard from our superstar Riyan Parag that my favourite team, Rajasthan Royals, has selected me as their Junior Super Royal. It is the first time the franchise has officially recognised such a young fan, and I’m proud to be getting the opportunity to participate in various activities and show my support for the team that I love.”
Commenting on it, Jake Lush McCrum, CEO, Rajasthan Royals, said: “Our fans are at the heart of everything we do and our Super Royals personally give me such inspiration. Their passion knows no bounds and their support is extremely motivational to our players, support staff and management. They are the mouthpiece for our fans, and provide us with their thoughts on everything, from our marketing campaigns to our cricket strategy.”
“To expand this group to include a Junior Super Royal is very exciting, and I’m sure Aman will lead the way for millions of young fans around the world. We reward these incredibly loyal and valued fans with priceless experiences and extraordinary access to key individuals in our franchise, such as Riyan Parag’s surprise visit to Aman. We value them immensely and are grateful for all the support they provide. I’m delighted to welcome Aman to this group and look forward to seeing his impact,” he added.
Meanwhile, Guwahati’s own, Riyan Parag was heavily involved in making the surprise a success, and was heard expressing his delight, “As a player, you are always very appreciative of the fans who back you to the hilt, and to have a 13-year-old from my city showing so much passion for our team and for myself, it felt amazing catching him off guard like that. His reaction was priceless, and these are the kind of moments we all live for.”
Significantly, RR’s official fan programme, known as ‘Super Royals’ was launched in July 2020, and offers a unique experience to a select few fans to work alongside the franchise and get a chance to be closer to the management and the franchise.
The Super Royals programme is a 25-member strong community of fans that currently work with us on various aspects including, written content, video content, messaging for the team and in turn get access that is exclusive and highly personalized.
Our Super Royals are more than the common fan, who interact with the team and act as Rajasthan Royals’ ambassadors off the field, forming a link between the organization and the larger fan community outside the Super Royals.