Walking Football +

14th November 2016

Still love the game, but not the pace? ..Tigers Trust have recently set up a Walking Football session on Monday mornings at the Airco Arena, Hull.

As the name suggests, it is a standard game of football where players walk instead of run and consequrenlty it creates a game with less impact.

The session is open to all and comprises of an hour of walking football, followed by refreshments in the cafe area. 

Our Football Development Officer, Ollie Ezard, commented:

"Walking football has been hailed the UK's fastest growing sport for the over 50's and you can definitely see why! .. the participants still get to play the game they love but at their own pace and there is a great social side to the sessions too!"

Session Details: Monday 10am-11.30am, £3 per session at the Airco Arena indoor 3G pitch. 

For more details please email: ollie.ezard@tigerstrust.co.uk or call 01482 358 371

Premier League and BT Disability Programme Launch +

3rd October 2016

On Wednesday 28th September, our Disability Project Coordinator, Adam Newton, took our DS Active participants down to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home of the 2012 London Paralympic and Olympic Games, for the launch of the PL and BT Disability Programme.

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The Premier League and BT Sport have launched a three-year programme that aims to create new opportunities and inspire disabled people through sport. Thanks to this partnership, both organisations can work together to provide funding to Premier League clubs to create more opportunities for disabled people across England and Wales.


The areas of the new programme will include:

  • Sport: Opportunities for disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity.


  • Inclusion: Ensuring that staff make reasonable adjustments to make activities inclusive to all.


  • Engagement: Ensuring disabled people have a positive experience of the programme.


  • Events: Clubs will deliver activities to raise awareness of their work in this space. The Premier League and BT will organise a national event at the end of each season, to give participants the opportunity to come together and mark their achievements.


Katy Holmes, DS Active co-ordinator from Tigers Trust says:

“Sport makes a massive difference to us at DS Active. The participants are looking forward to something every week and they make lots of new friends, apart from their school friends and the friends where they live. The joint funding from the Premier League and BT will be fantastic. At the minute we have one tournament a year that we go to, whereas the funding will help us organise regionals tournaments and maybe even Saturday morning matches. It’s also is going to really help all the other children and adults with disabilities engage with sport.”

Through its Club Community Organisations, the Premier League has shown a long-term commitment to delivering Disability Sport Programmes. The PLPFA Community Fund has provided significant investment in this area to enable clubs to deliver wide range of disability sport focused programmes.  Clubs are regularly accessing local funding to deliver disability sport provision as well as health, education and employment programmes for disabled people.


For further information about our Disability Programmes at Tigers Trust, please email: adam.newton@tigerstrust.co.uk

Roary's Tigers +

23rd September 2016

The Tigers Sport and Education Trust have been looking into providing more opportunities for children aged 2-5 years old’s and their families to get into football.


We wanted to run sessions that are a fun introduction to football, providing a comfortable, playful and enjoyable environment. This gives children the opportunity to meet new friends, gain more confidence, learn life skills and enjoy playing activities.

We have recently provided taster sessions in nurseries, primary schools and children’s centres across Hull and the East Riding. We have partnered up with the Hull City Council to deliver sessions across their children’s centres, including the Acorns Children’s Centre, the Edinburgh Community Centre, the Windmill Children’s Centre and the Octagon Family Centre. Sessions have also been taking place at Bempton Primary School and Hornsea Nursery. The feedback we received was really positive, asking for more sessions in the near future.

Over the summer holidays we have provided four week programme at the St Margaret’s Welcome Centre and a five week programme at the Edinburgh Children’s Centre. Each session incorporated different themes each week based on basic ABC’s, teamwork, sending and receiving, and game understanding. As the weeks went on, the sessions became more popular and numbers were into double figures. Children who were turning up regularly were starting to use the ball with their feet more than their hands! Roary the Tiger even made a surprise appearance to see the children in action.

We have had some great feedback on the sessions so far:

“The children enjoyed their lessons and looked forward to them. They learnt new skills but also built on their listening skills and instruction following.” – Bempton Primary School.

“Excellent session! Completely age appropriate for the children, keeping even our youngest two year old’s engaged.” – Hornsea Nursery.

“Great games to encourage football skills. All of my children are aged between two-five years old and all have had just as much fun as each other.” – Parent.

Overall, the tasters have given an insight into how fun football can be for children and their families. Parents, guardians and nursery carers/teachers have took part in the sessions along with the children and they have all gone away with smiles on their faces. Due to the high numbers and feedback received, we are looking to offer more sessions in the near future to nurseries, primary schools and children’s centres. If you are interested in the Tigers Sport and Education Trust running a session or a block of sessions for you in the future, please get in touch  with Marc Daddy via email at marc.daddy@tigerstrust.co.uk or call 01482 358371.

Get into Football with Tigers Trust & The Princes Trust! +

19th September 2016

If you are aged 16-25 years and not in education, training or employment, our 'Get Started with Football' course could be for you!


All are welcome to join our free football programme where you will:

  • Learn coaching skills from professional coaches at Tigers Trust.
  • Gain the Junior Football Leaders Award.
  • Meet new people and build your confidence.
  • Work with others to complete a group challenge.
  • Have a chance to do further courses with the Trust.


The course will cost you nothing – your travel expenses and lunch will be provided every day.

You will then receive three months support to help you move into education, training or employment.


This course will run from Monday 3rd October to Friday 7th October 2016 at Tigers Trust, Airco Arena, Walton Street, HU3 6GA.

A taster session is being held on Thursday 29th September 2016.

For more information, or to book a place, contact matt.barr@tigerstrust.co.uk or call 01482 358 371.

Tigers Trust in China +

8th September 2016

Our Football Development Officer, Ollie, recently visited Guangzhou in China, to deliver phase one of the Premier Skills Programme on behalf of the Premier League and British Council.

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The seven day course was delivered by English coach educators Paul Hughes, Warren Leat and Ollie from the Trust.  A total of 31 coaches, all primary school teachers from Gunagzhou, completed the coach education course which is designed to upskill coaches and provide them with an insight into how to coach more effectively.  China is actively investing a lot of money into the grassroots level of the game with all primary school teachers now having to possess a minimum ‘C Certficate’ which is the equlivant of the FA level one badge in England.

Furthermore each school is asked to send at least one representative onto the phase one of the Premier Skills Programme in order to educate staff internally.

The bespoke course has been tailor made to meet the requirements of the Chinese FA, with six modules to complete and a written exam at the end of the course.

Ollie Ezard commented "The course was a great opportunity to share and pass on my knowledge and experience to others and have the ability to see the coaches progress over a short space of time. One of the rewarding elements of the Premier Skills Programme  is helping promote Hull City to various parts of the world. We always provide participants with old playing/training kit as well as on occasions football boots.  We hope to have acquired some new fans in Guangzhou after the course!"

On behalf of Ollie and Tigers Trust, we would like to thank Paul and Warren as well as the translators Frank and Halo, the Premier League and British Council for providing the opportunity and Hull City for the support.