Tigers Trust Host South African U13 Football Team +

5th July 2017

This week, Tigers Trust plays host to an U13 Football Team from South Africa,Tramways FC. The Trust have planned a week of exciting activties and experiences for the team including stadium tours, football tournaments and visiting tourist attratctions. 


Tramways FC use football as a vehicle to give children the opportunity to play and have fun in a safe and controlled environment. The under 13 squad consist of players from various disadvantaged communities that were created by the Apartheid government. These communities are infected with gangs, drugs and high unemployed youth and early school drop outs. Most of the squad’s daily challenge is to keep safe and focus on staying in school due to gang violence that on the increase on the Cape Flats.


The street is very unsafe and with limited recreation facilities they have to find safe spaces outside their respective communities. Tramways FC provides this safe space with weekly training session. During this time the boys can play football and feel safe. The squad has been together for four years and have now managed to gain promotion to the Super league; a very competitive league in Cape Town Tygerberg LFA.


The reason the team have travelled to Hull, is because 10 years ago, the Tramways FC Coach, Coach Desiree, had the experience of being coached by Matt Barr, a member of the Tigers Trust team and since then, always had the desire to expose children to opportunities outside their daily living space.  


Coach Desiree, commented: 

"I have been involved with football  development for the past 10 years. In 2008 I had the privilege of completing a coaching course conducted by Coaching for Hope football with Matt Barr, from the Tigers Trust. This opportunity will be amazing for the team; I believe that the life-skills and valuable lessons that you learn from visiting other countries can add to your desire and hunger for success." 


U13 Tramways FC player, Ryan, commented:

"We have all been watching English Football on television and dreamt of going to England. When our Coach Desiree told us we might travel to England, we all got super excited. We looking forward to travelling to a new country and playing football with other children. We would like to visit some of the stadiums and experience football in England."    


Tigers Trust  Project Coordinator, Matt, has organised the trip and arranged for the team to visit Anfield Stadium, The National Football Museum, Gravity, The Deep and Beverley Minster and in addition to this, partake in skill drills with Hull City Academy and get invovled in local football tournaments. 


We will keep you updated of the teams actvities on our social media platforms over the next week! 

Premier League Schools Tournament +

24th May 2017

The Premier League Schools Tournament took place at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea FC, on Tuesday 23rd May.


The annual tournament, which is one of the competition elements of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, is now in its twelfth year and sees representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs take part in two six-a-side competitions running simultaneously on the pitch – an Under 11s mixed team tournament and an Under 13s girls’ tournament.


Each of the 20 Premier League clubs have held their own heats and qualifiers to determine which schools will be representing them in the Tournament at Chelsea’s home ground. Over 11,000 young people and 1,400 schools have taken part this year.


Swanland Primary School representing Hull City in the Under 11’s competition, whilst St.Marys College represented Hull, for the Under 13’s Tournament.


The young people taking part in the Tournament received an authentic Premier League matchday experience, and walked out to the Premier League anthem, wearing their Hull City kit. The matches were officiated by PGMOL Select Group 2 referees Chris Kavanagh, James Adcock, James Linington, Oliver Langford, Simon Hooper and Tim Robinson.


Both teams played really well but unfortunately were knocked out the group stages, but did themselves, the club and their schools proud. This was echoed by our Senior Sports Coach, Marc Daddy, who accompanied the teams on the trip, he commented:


“It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved, both teams deserved this opportunity and did themselves, their schools and us proud”


For more information on our Premier League Primary Stars programme, please visit the Juniors section of our website or email richard.dexter@tigerstrust.co.uk

Tigers Trust Cycle Challenge +

11th May 2017

Next Friday, four members of staff from the Tigers Trust will take on a fundraising 200-mile cycle challenge to help raise money for both the Trust and Headway, a charity that helps those who have suffered brain injuries by providing support and services to survivors, their families and carers.


The challenge, which will begin on May 19th, will take the staff from Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane all the way back to the KCOM Stadium in time to deliver the matchball for the Tigers’ final game of the season against Spurs on Sunday 21st May.


As well as raising funds for the Trust, a significant amount of the money raised will be donated to Headway who provided significant support to midfielder Ryan Mason after he sustained a fractured skull against Chelsea in January.


Matt Conway, Tigers Trust Programme Manager and Team Leader for the cycle challenge, said:

“It is going to be a great challenge and one that will be supporting and raising awareness for both the Trust and Headway.

“Headway is a great charity that does some exceptional work and it has been great to partner up with them for this challenge. We have also had support from local and national organisations.

“The ride is a slightly daunting prospect but one that we have all been preparing for and we are now keen to get going.”


Tigers Trust Manager, John Davies added:

“This is a massive challenge for members of my team at the Tigers Trust to take on and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their time, effort and commitment to the challenge. I wish them all the very best of luck and hope all of the Club’s supporters get behind them. I would also like to thank those organisations that have already helped support us in some way.”


Ryan Mason, who is currently recovering from the head injury he suffered in January, is looking forward to welcoming the cycle team back to the KCOM Stadium ahead of the Tigers’ game against his former club Spurs.


“The support I have received since that afternoon at Stamford Bridge has been overwhelming and Headway have played a significant part in that. I’m delighted that the Tigers Trust will be donating some of the funds they raise from this cycle ride to Headway and I wish the team all the very best for what is sure to be a gruelling ride.”


For details on how to support the Tigers Trust on their cycle challenge please visit www.charitychoice.co.uk/tigerstrust

For more information about the work that Headway do, visit www.headway.org.uk

Kicks Tournament brings young people together from across our area +

3rd May 2017

Culture is the theme around Hull and the East Riding during 2017, the Tigers Trust’s Premier League Kicks project decided to play its part in the City of Culture buzz by hosting its own regional tournament and inviting groups of young people from across Hull and East Riding. The tournament took part during the Easter half term, with 7 teams invited to take part on April the 20th 2017.

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Pete Walker, Premier League Kicks Coordinator, said, “We invited a range of groups from around Hull and East Riding to take part in our 6-a-side tournament, we thought it would be great to have groups from all different corners of our region take part.

We had teams from our own Kicks sessions from the West, East and North of Hull, teams from Goole, Bridlington and a Refugee team. It was great to see such a range of young people from different communities and cultures all take part in this tournament, which was played in good spirit and very healthy competition throughout.

We was also extremely grateful of the volunteers that offered their time in helping referee games, we had a range of volunteers from the University of Hull and the Humberside Police”.


The tournament consisting of 7 teams all played 12 games in a league format to see who could come out on top at the end of the day, in a tightly contested tournament which went right down to the wire saw the team from Goole and the Kicks team representing the KCOM Stadium session finish joint top of the league, only to be split on goal difference which saw the Kicks team take the title.  

Mike Nicholson from the East Riding Council said, “It was a great experience for our teams from Bridlington and Goole to come and take part in the tournament at the Tigers trust Arena, they really enjoyed the day and it’s a good for them to integrate with other young people from similar backgrounds”.

Garry Clutterbrook from Achieve Potentials added, “The young people we brought to the tournament from the east of Hull knew some of the players, so it’s a great opportunity for them to take part in a friendly competition against each other as well as meet new people from around Hull and East Riding”.

As the Humberside Police were in attendance to help officiate games as well as engage with the young people, we caught up with Inspector Craig Mattinson, who said, “It’s a pleasure for us to take part in events like this, it was fantastic to see over 50 young people from different communities, backgrounds and nationalities all engaging with each other through football. It’s a great advert for community cohesion, especially during our city of culture year.


A huge thanks must go to the East Riding Council and Achieve Potentials for bringing their teams to the tournament, as well as the volunteers from the University of Hull and the Humberside Police for officiating games. Thanks must also go to the Premier League for continued support with the PL Kicks project.

For any more information about the Kicks Project please email: peter.walker@tigerstrust.co.uk / kayleigh.jackson@tigerstrust.co.uk 

Biggin Hill win Primary Schools Football Tournament +

2nd May 2017

On Tuesday 25th April, we played host to a Primary Schools Football Tournament at the KCOM Stadium Astro Pitches. 


We invited 9 teams from: Bilton Primary School, Brough Primary School, Brandesburton Primary School, Burlington Junior School, Eastfield, Francis Askew Primary School, Walkington Primary School, Biggin Hill Primary School and St.James Church of England Primary School. 

All teams played very well and showed a high level of sportsmanship towards other partcipants. But it came down to Bilton Primary School and Biggin Hill Primary School in the final, which resulted in a 0-0 draw. 

Consequently, both teams had to endure a penatly shoot out, which saw Biggin Hill win victory with 3 goals being shot past the keeper!

We would like to thank all schools for taking part, and if you would like more information on how your school can get involved with Tigers Trust and the Premier League Primary Stars programme, please contact richard.dexter@tigerstrust.co.uk