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”