With the summer almost at an end and a time when young people struggle to find activities to do and the motivation to do them. The Tigers Trust were pleased they was able to supply the young people that attend the PL Kicks sessions with a free tournament. This was achieved through help from the Tribune Trust and their funding process, the Tribune Trust aim to carry out such goals as promote sport and recreation and reduce crime and disorder. Which PL Kicks ticks all the boxes for and helped finalise their decision to grant the PL Kicks project £1075 to organise the tournaments.
Pete Walker, Premier League Kicks Coordinator, said, “We are very thankful to the Tribune Trust to allow us to host theses competitions through their grants, it’s great that our aims are the same and we can access such funding to host these type of events in our area. We used the funding to contribute towards pitch hire, awards, food and drinks for participants and much more.
If it wasn’t for the funding we wouldn’t have been able to put on the event like we did, it was great being able to supply food for the young people after the tournament. Sometimes during holiday periods young people tend to spend time outside the house or parents are at work, so they may not access food like they would when at school or college. I’m sure the young people appreciated our efforts in supplying food and drinks during the day.
These tournaments and weekly sessions aim to promote our sporting activities, health and wellbeing and reduce anti-social behaviour, especially during these holiday periods in the year”.
Across two tournaments that were hosted in the week saw just over 80 young people turn up to play with friends they attend sessions with, new participants and young people from across our sessions from different areas of Hull.
Kayleigh Jackson, Social Inclusion Officer at Tigers Trust said, “It was good to see young people turn up from across the city and all take part in the tournament together. We promote social inclusion and community cohesion and these tournaments did just that”.
Adam McWhannel, NCS Coordinator at the Tigers Trust had this to say, “I volunteered during the tournament to officiate games amongst the young people, it also gave me a really good chance to engage with them and help promote the National Citizen Service (NCS) that we run during the summer, there were a lot of young people who meet the age bracket for next summer so it was nice to talk to them about NCS and how it can be beneficial for them along their pathway as a young person”.
A huge thanks must go to the Tribune Trust who kindly contributed the funding for these tournaments. We hope to work with the organisation in the near future to carry on our positive work.
You can keep up to date with the Tribune Trust through their website, www.tribunetrust.org