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On Wednesday 12th April, the Tigers Trust hosted the Premier League Kicks Cup 2023 Regional Tournament at the University of Hull. 
Premier League Kicks began in Season 2006/07 in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, with the aim of involving young people in regular, positive and fun activity, supporting them to create stronger, safer and more inclusive communities. 
Premier League Kicks is the league’s longest-running community programme and sees more than 90 clubs, in some of the most high-need areas in England and Wales, run free weekly football sessions and positive activity to inspire young people to reach their potential. 
This event at the University of Hull saw a total of 22 under 16 teams (13 mixed and 9 girls) participate in their own respective football tournament fixtures throughout the day which brought plenty of trickery, amazing goals and encouraging signs of fair play between the teams. 
As well as the football taking place on the day, there was also opportunities for teams to attend educational workshops held by Gamcare and Achieve Potentials, whilst there was a chance to grab a photo with the Premier League Trophy! 
After both the girls teams and mixed teams fixtures met their conclusions, teams progressed to the the knockout stages which resulted in Doncaster and Middlesborough facing each other in girls final and Rotherham who came up against Newcastle in the mixed final. 
After two exciting finals, which included a penalty shootout conclusion to the girls game and a narrow winning margin within the mixed game, resulted in both Middlesbrough girls and Rotherham mixed named champions. 
We were also honoured to be visited by the East Riding High Sheriff who handed out medals and trophies to both of the runners up and the winners. 
Speaking about the event, the Tigers Trust’s Social Inclusion Manager Kayleigh Jackson said: "We are delighted that the Tigers Trust was able to host such a memorable event bringing professional football club community organisations together, and a huge thank you to Premier League Charitable Fund for making this happen and to thank all staff from other Club Community Organisations for bringing young people to the event and.  
"The team put in a lot of time planning the event and that showed as it was an excellent event which was thoroughly enjoyed by both the young people and staff.  
"I would also like to thank Achieve Potentials for coming and delivering the wheelchair basketball and Gamcare who came and delivered an educational workshop on the harms of gambling.  
"I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the High Sheriff of East Riding of Yorkshire Jacky Bowes for attending the event and presenting the winning teams with their awards." 
To find out more infomation about Premier League Kicks please click here. 
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