London Tigers sees a future where the local community, including young people, epitomise positive role models by taking a proactive role in helping others both at home and abroad. Living in a first world country we have many opportunities and our members believe that we should give back by helping those in need that live in less fortunate circumstances.
One of our key projects was the brainchild of London Tigers Youth Club members; in 2006, the young people chose to fundraise for Nidonpur-Supatola Junior High School, a girls’ school in Bangladesh. London Tigers has supported the cost of rebuilding the school from its dilapidated condition, as the school is located in a village where no other girls’ school exists within a 5 mile radius.
The school held a special opening ceremony in September 2011 attended by special guests such as the Bangladesh Education Minister Noorul Islam Nahid MP, Acting British High Commissioner Nick Low and other Members of Parliament including Anne Main MP.
London Tigers has also opened two Cricket Centres abroad to provide opportunities of progression from grassroots level to professional level for deprived but talented children to fulfil their dreams and perhaps one day represent their country on the international stage. The Cricket Centres are free for every student and also run professional training workshops for coaches.
London Tigers has established an under-16 Football Academy in Bangladesh after a talent hunt in which over 4,000 children attended trials across local villages. The Academy provides poverty-stricken young people an opportunity to display their talent and be part of a football team that will travel to compete in tournaments organised by professional bodies. The chosen team members will also be linked to professional Bangladeshi football clubs with the prospect of playing in professional leagues.
London Tigers delivered these much needed activities as a partner organisation to the Conservative Party’s Social Action Programme: Project Maja, which was led by Sayeeda Warsi, the Conservative Party Co-Chairman. We hope to expand our work to other countries, supporting people from highly disadvantaged backgrounds and continuing to provide pathways to excellence.