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!