In 1986, a handful of dedicated volunteers with a passion for sports began a football team in the City of Westminster as a means of creating opportunities for young people. Several years later and following substantial growth in activities, London Tigers was formally constituted as a voluntary organisation (1997) and achieved Charity status in 2003.
From humble beginnings, London Tigers is now an expansive charity delivering projects across London and the UK as well as undertaking charitable work abroad. With several branches across the country, the organisation currently has over registered 3,000 regular members and benefits over 10,000 people, with numbers growing at an almost exponential rate. Over 70 staff members and 100 volunteers (who between them speak over 20 different languages) are working tirelessly to help achieve our organisational vision:
“A world where every individual has the opportunity to fulfil their dreams”
We understand that there are a multitude of reasons why people do not have access to opportunity and it is a sad truth that some sections of society are more disadvantaged than others; this is why we target our work in what are statistically some of the most deprived areas of the country, working closely with those traditionally seen as hard-to-reach, e.g. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, refugees, asylum seekers, young people not in employment, education or training (NEET), offenders and others.
We also understand that for many individuals and communities from these areas there are usually a number of problems affecting their access to opportunity such as lack of adequate educational attainment or poor health, and this is why we focus our project development and delivery across the following themes:
• Community Cohesion and Community Safety
• Children & Young People
• Employment, training & skills
We strongly believe that in modern society and particularly within certain communities, the needs of women and young people are not given the priority they deserve and as an organisation we have dedicated
resources to working specifically with these groups to identify needs and opportunities.
Working in partnership is at the heart of the London Tigers’ ethos, whether it be with other voluntary organisations or charities, local authorities, statutory service providers or private sector organisations; the task we have set ourselves is an ambitious one and we know we can’t achieve it without the help of like-minded individuals and organisations.
London Tigers are fortunate to have received the recognition and support of numerous high-profile
individuals across the years, from sporting superstars to the Prime Minister of Great Britain, and it is with pride and determination that we continue along the path to achieving our vision.