St Mary’s visit Hull City Training Ground +

25th January 2018

Tigers Trust Community Hub School Partner, St Mary’s College, were treated to a unique opportunity to visit the Hull City training ground on Tues 23rd January.


Tigers Trust took the SMC Mens Football Academy team to get a unique insight into first team training.


The team along with staff were greeted by Club officials and taken into the media suite where Manager, Nigel Adkins, gave an insight into what was planned for training along with his philosophy for the club after being in post 6 weeks.


He showed clips of training and games and explained what he and his staff were working towards. 


The training session was great to watch, with all the players seeming to be enjoying their work and Nigel again gave time out his day to come and explain to the group the objectives of the session and reasoning why.


A hugely beneficial day and we are very appreciative of Nigel, his staff and the players for giving up their time for the students. 


For more information on our Community Hub School's, please email Secondary School Partnership Manager

Primary Stars Creative Writing Day +

24th January 2018

On Wednesday 17th January, the Tigers Trust welcomed five local Primary Schools; Beverley St Nicholas, Thorngumbald, Brandesburton, Neasden, Longhill to take part in a Primary Stars Creative Writing Day at the Airco Arena.


The 88 pupils took part in three workshops throughout the day- a poetry workshop delivered by former Hull City poet in residence David Osgerby, the children then planned and delivered a press conference in the Hull City media suite.


In addition, Hull City Media Team Leader, Luke Cash, delivered a talk to the children, explaining his role as a Press Officer at the Club and how he got into the media industry.


The day was finished off with a visit from Hull City players Nouha Dicko and Jon Toral, the children had the opportunity to ask them questions including “Who was your idol growing up?”.. “What keeps you motivated?” and the children wanted to know all about their childhood and how they got into a career playing football.


Tigers Trust Primary School Partnership Manager, Richard Dexter commented:

“We arranged the creative writing day to try and inspire the pupils in literacy, and show them not only why writing is so important, but also how fun it can be.  The day was a great success and the children really engaged in the activities.  Special thanks have to go to local poet David Osgerby, and of course Hull City players Jon Toral and Nouha Dicko who both took time out of their busy training schedule to speak to the children.”


Brandesburton Primary School, Headteacher, Mrs Ledingham commented:

“The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the Creative Writing Day with Tigers Trust. They particularly enjoyed working alongside the poet and participating in the drama task in the media suite”


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Tigers Trust working in partnership with Street Football World +

8th January 2018

For the past 4 years the Tigers Trust have been one of only a handful of other British organisations to be involved in a unique global network.


That Network is Street Football world.


Street football world exists to harness the power of football to drive social change and are supported by a worldwide network of over 100 organisation spanning 6 continents.


The Tigers Sport & Education Trust recognised the Street Football World philosophy and applied for membership in 2013 and have reaped some benefits from the partnership.


The Trust took a delegation of young participants and leaders to an event in Lyon, France in 2016 as part of an Official UEFA event for the Euro Championship.  The streetfootballworld Festival 16 was one of the biggest ‘Football for Good’ events ever organised, bringing together approximately 80 delegations from up to 50 countries. The festival united more than 500 people from all around the world including 320 players, 80 coordinators, 80 young leaders, 100 volunteers and 50 members of the organising team.


One of the players was Fern Lazenby a student from St. Marys College she said about the opportunity

“From the festival, I hoped to interact with people from other countries and experience different cultures.  I was also hoping to see how both boys and girls play and compete together as well as experiencing the game from a different perspective. I loved passing my knowledge of the game onto others and received new ideas from other people.  It was an amazing experience that I will remember forever”


The Trust has also used their network membership to enhance their local project delivery.  In 2016 the Trust were successful in securing funding through the FIFA Football for Hope and the UEFA foundation for Children Funds to develop and deliver a football and personal development programme for refugees and displaced people coming to the city of Hull.  The sessions see over 30 participants from over 10 different nationalities playing football and attending workshops such as employability across two evenings per week.


The young men have also enjoyed activities and trips to Leicester City, and Arsenal FC to play other similar project participants and recently attended Wembley Stadium to watch England V Germany.


Ollie Ezard, Project Coordinator for Kicks International said

Kicks international runs across two venues in Hull twice a week. The sessions aim to encourage refugees and asylum seekers in the city to socialise, keep fit and integrate into their community. Although sessions are targeted for refugees/asylum seekers we do allow participants from countries around the world to take part. We have seen polish, American and Romanian participants take part in the sessions. Numbers are usually between 30 -40 during the large part of the year but across summer we did see early 50’s attending some sessions. Many of the participants have come to Hull from countries such as Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia, Congo and Iran. The benefits for the participants are that they socialise and meet people from similar backgrounds who they might not know are in their community, play football and stay active, integrate into their community and also gain qualifications and skills through educational programmes we deliver.


This year Street Football World have been part of a very exciting new venture and one that could make an impact worldwide


Common goal was launched in the summer 2017 by Juan Mata as he caused a stir amongst the football world by pledging 1% of his salary to a ‘common goal’ Mata said “Today, I am launching something that I hope will help to change the world, even if only in some small way, And I hope that other footballers around the world will help me in this goal.”


To date over 20 professional male and female footballers have pledged their commitment to common Goal. 

The Tigers Sport and Education will be able to benefit from this initiative through their network membership to Street Football Work.


Matt Conway, Programme Manager at the Trust said

“We are excited to be part of something that could potentially change the landscape of community sport and engagement.  The Tigers Trust could potentially be able to apply for funding that will benefit local people and local areas through the shared social vision of professional football.  Common Goal is gaining momentum each week with more players joining Juan Mata. The potential really has no boundaries”


Tigers Trust Gala Dinner 2017 +

20th November 2017

The Tigers Trust Gala Dinner 2017 takes place at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday 30th November, with members of the 2007/08 promotion-winning squad set to be in attendance.


Ten seasons on from that famous day at Wembley, when promotion to English football's top division was achieved for the first time in the Club's history, players including Dean Windass, Andy Dawson, Wayne Brown, Ryan France and Craig Fagan will be back to relive a memorable campaign.

The Gala Dinner will also raise funds for the Tigers Trust, with money going towards helping local children, young people and individuals with disabilities in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Hosted by BBC Sport's Damien Johnson, the black-tie event kicks-off at 7pm and includes:

  • Drinks reception
  • Three-course meal
  • Q&A with former players
  • Auction
  • Live entertainment

Tickets for the Gala Dinner are priced at £55 per person, with tables of ten available for £500. To book, please call 01482 358371 or email

St Mary's College named as first Tigers Trust Community Hub School +

19th October 2017

Pupils at St Mary's can now kick-start their career in sport with a new hub launched by Tigers Trust.


The Tigers Trust hub at St Mary’s College will give students more opportunities to get involved in school sport, along with a host of extra-curricular activities.

The hub is the first of its kind to be launched in Hull. 


Ollie Ezard, Tigers Trust Hub Officer at St Mary’s College, said:

“Using the brand of Hull City and Tigers Trust, we hope to inspire students in the school. We want to be role models that engage students in a more active and healthier lifestyle, in and out of the classroom, so that they can be the best they can be. We want to increase participation of all sports and increase opportunities post college, including work placements and advice on how to get a career in the sport industry”


A representative from the Tigers Trust will be based at St Mary’s College full-time, and will deliver a host of activities to students. The partnership aims to develop a strategic delivery schedule including curriculum and extra-curricular projects and transition delivery, focusing on building confidence, developing life skills and enhancing employability.


Mark Arridge, Partnership Director at St Mary’s College, said:

"St Mary's College are proud and excited to extend our outstanding partnership with the Tigers Trust in becoming one of the first community hub schools in Hull and the East Riding. This partnership will provide our students with enhanced opportunities within the curricular and extra-curricular programmes that we run. “In addition, it will allow both male and female students the opportunity to gain further success in football competitions locally, regionally and nationally."


Dean Wilson, Head of PE at St Mary’s, said:

“The Hub School programme has been another exciting development in our ongoing partnership with the Tigers Trust. Our students are learning and developing new skills through the range of highly motivating and exciting initiatives offered. Already we are seeing the positive impact this has made on our curriculum and extra-curricular provision."


For more information on how your Secondary School can get involed, please email