The Tigers Trust's Inspiring Community Engagement through the 2023 EFL Week of Action
Posted on 10th November 2023 at 16:43
Throughout this EFL Week of Action, the Tigers Trust has not only showcased its impactful work across Hull and East Yorkshire for children, young people, and adults but has also illuminated the essence of its mission.
The week commenced with an extraordinary experience crafted for our Walking Football participants. As Monday afternoon unfolded, our players, expecting their usual routine, were pleasantly surprised by the warm presence of none other than Hull City's head coach, Liam Rosenior. To much delight to participants, Liam enthusiastically collected a bib and joined one of the teams.
Liam immersed himself in the treasures of our developing memorabilia project, featuring vintage shirts, photographs, match day programmes, and other nostalgic mementos. The day reached its pinnacle for our walking footballers as Liam concluded with a vibrant question and answer session, leaving an indelible mark on this unforgettable occasion.
We were then delighted to introduce Josh Barrett as our first ever Tigers Trust staff ambassador, a dedicated individual who has played an integral role at the heart of the Trust for nearly a decade.
Josh has made significant contributions to various programs and consistently offered invaluable assistance to both participants and staff alike.
In his current capacity as the lead for Active Through Football at the Tigers Trust, Josh collaborates across all projects. Throughout the year, he supports the Premier League Kicks Project, organising evening football sessions in the community and inclusive sessions for those with additional needs. Additionally, he plays a crucial role in the daily operations of the Tigers Trust Arena, overseeing maintenance and cleaning tasks.
On Hull City matchdays, Josh assumes the vital responsibility of working with the mascots, guiding them on an MKM Stadium tour, arranging photo opportunities with the players, and leading them in activities on the pitch before their grand entrance for kick-off. He has also provided valuable assistance to the Primary Stars and secondary school's partnerships in delivering their programmes.
For more insights into Josh’s journey and perspective, you can explore his story and thoughts here.
On Thursday, we proudly hosted our third highly anticipated "A Question of Sport" night at the MKM Stadium, drawing a sold-out crowd. Under the charismatic guidance of Alex Burgess, three spirited panels engaged in friendly competition across various sports-themed rounds, including lively charades, a rapid-fire question session, and the timeless 'Home or Away' challenge.
The team of current players featured Hull City defenders Jacob Greaves, Sean McLoughlin, and Andy Smith, while coaching trio Andy Dawson, Justin Walker, and head coach Liam Rosenior formed an exhilarating panel. On the legends panel, two-time promotion winner David Meyler, club icon Ian Ashbee, and the legendary Jason Price added a nostalgic touch.
Between rounds, special guests, including Premier League Kicks Inclusive participant Kasper Newby and the Headteacher of Broadacre Primary School, highlighted the profound impact of the Tigers Trust on the community.
Amidst suspenseful battles and infectious laughter, the legendary trio of Ian Ashbee, David Meyler, and Jason Price emerged triumphant, securing the trophy and also the local sporting bragging rights for the night.
You can check out the full gallery to relive the night here.
Over the course of both Thursday and Friday, we proudly played host to the Utilita Girls Cup, presiding over the spirited competitions of Group A and B in our local qualifiers held at the University of Hull.
A total of 24 schools, featuring Year 7 and 8 girls from our community, engaged in a thrilling league spanning over two separate days, showcasing their skills and camaraderie within a league format. The victors and the commendable runners-up from each day's competitions have now advanced to the eagerly anticipated local final at the Tigers Trust Arena on November 22nd.
Both days unfolded with a range exhilarating plays, fantastic goals, and heartening displays of teamwork, creating plenty of end-to-end action.
Day one culminated in the triumph of St Mary's College, securing the top spot in the league, while Wolfreton claimed a well-deserved second place. On day two, it was Sirius West Academy that clinched the pinnacle of the leaderboard, with Headlands securing an admirable position as runners-up.
The Tigers Trust would like to say a huge thank you and well done to everyone involved with the EFL Week Of Action!
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