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 – we harness the power of sport to improve education, health and employment outcomes for marginalised and vulnerable people at home and abroad.
Our international work began a decade ago when our youth club members raised funds to rebuild a girls’ school that is the only one within a 5-mile radius in a remote village in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Since then, we have continued to support the school that has gone from strength to strength. Bangladesh has one of the highest rates in child marriages and pregnancy in the world; our projects included working with local partners to support adolescent girls in secondary schools to complete their education with sports and life-skills, coaching & peer mentoring. Moreover, we worked with local sports associations to increase opportunities for women and girls’ sport and provide training for young people interested in sports livelihoods.
Football / Cricket Academies
London Tigers launched several other initiatives and projects; these included establishing national cricket and football academies that provided thousands of children from the poorest households a chance to receive professional coaching and be selected to play in a semi-professional squad.
London Tigers opened two Cricket Centres abroad to provide opportunities of progression from grassroots level to professional level for deprived yet talented children to fulfil their dreams and perhaps have the ambitions to one day represent their country on an international platform. The cricket centres were free for every student and was used to run professional training workshops for coaches.
London Tigers established an under 16’s Football Academy in Bangladesh after a talent-hunt in which over 4,000 children attended trials across local villages. The academy provided poverty-stricken young people an opportunity to display their talent and be part of a football team that travels to compete in tournaments organised by professional bodies; the chosen team members were also linked to professional Bangladeshi football clubs with the prospect of playing in professional leagues.