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The Tigers Trust is delighted to announce Abdu Abubakar as it's Premier League Community captain, recognising him as a role model and his dedicated support for other refugees and asylum seekers settling in Hull. 
Following the success of the Premier League Community captain awards for the Premier League's 30-year campaign, all EFL clubs and their CCOs have been asked to nominate individuals deserving recognition for their commitment to the local community as part of the Premier League's #PLMoreThanAGame campaign. 
Abdu, a valued member of the Tigers Trust team, initially joined as a participant before dedicating over 200 hours to volunteer work, assisting his peers with education and language barriers, as well as supporting staff in community sports sessions. He has been a full-time team member for almost four years now. 
Abdu's journey to Hull from Eritrea as a refugee was marked by challenges, but through resilience and community support, he has flourished. Initially facing language barriers and isolation, Abdu found his footing through programmes like the Kicks International Programme and has since become an integral part of the local community, significantly improving his English proficiency and confidence. 
Recognised for his potential, Abdu volunteered extensively, mentoring others and assisting with language barriers in various programmes, including the Premier League Kicks initiative. His dedication to helping others has been evident throughout his employment with the Trust, particularly during lockdowns, where he supported community members battling loneliness and inactivity. 
Abdu's impact extends beyond his immediate community, as he actively works to increase activity levels in Hull, particularly among young adults and ethnic groups. His efforts have led to thousands of attendances in programmes aimed at promoting physical activity and community engagement. 
Abdu's infectious smile and genuine passion for the Tigers Trust and its programmes make him a standout representative of the organisation's values. His commitment to personal growth and supporting others has not gone unnoticed, culminating in his recognition as the Premier League Community Captain, a testament to his dedication and hard work. 
During Hull City's match against West Bromwich Albion live on Sky Sports, Abdu had the honour of leading out the teams and received special tokens of appreciation, including a personalised picture frame, a captain's armband, and a pennant, further highlighting his remarkable contributions. 
Congratulations to Abdu, a true community hero! 
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