Flynn first attended the Tigers Trust in 2016 under the disability banner due to him being profoundly deaf he would frequently attend sessions with the support of his brother. Flynn was initially a quiet, shy character during these sessions, but with support from Millie Sharp, Kicks Disability Lead his confidence was able to grow, resulting in him being be an influential participant within these sessions. This then enabled Flynn to regularly attend sessions independently, he was one of our highest attendees in these sessions therefore he was chosen to represent Hull City in numerous tournaments.

Millie was able to identify that Flynn was excelling in the disability sessions and wanted him to gain the best possible experience from Tigers Trust sign posting him to regular Kicks sessions. When Flynn initially came to the Kicks sessions he was once again very quiet and shy but three years down the line he has gained the confidence to become one of the more influential participants attending. Flynn has built up brilliant relationships and has great rapport with staff and regularly attends the City-wide sessions, Flynn has attended over 1020 hours’ worth of provision within the disability and Kicks project. Flynn has also become a regular match ball assistant for Hull City which is something he really enjoys doing!!

Millie Sharp, Kicks Disability Lead stated

“When Flynn initially came to the Able and Active programme back in 2016, he was a very quiet character. His personal development has seen his confidence levels increase since attending the Able and Active programme. This is shown through his commitment and willingness to help others during sessions and has since seen his attendance at the PL Kicks programme increase. Flynn has become a role model for fellow participants who start on the Able and Active programme and progress on to PL Kicks.”

Kayleigh Jackson Social Inclusion Manager said

“Flynn has come on leaps and bounds since he first came through Tigers Trust doors. I was initially aware of him attending the disability project and he moved over to the Kicks sessions which were held at Tigers Trust Arena, as this is only around the corner from his house. Flynn has started attending sessions independently and more recently he has started to access sessions which require him to get two busses to, something which previously he wouldn’t have done. I believe this is down to the positive environment and relationships he has built with staff."

Flynn and I have a great relationship and I hugely respect his positive attitude and determination despite the challenges he faces with communication. He really is a great role model for younger participants to look up to and I’m hoping we will be able to facilitate him into a volunteering position within the Trust as he has expressed on numerous occasions his desire to work for Tigers Trust in the future.”

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