Showcasing our U8’s Tigers: –

Manager/Coach – Simon Rodda

Assistant – Gavin Sutton

Secretary – Ravi Sohi

After a turbulent start up for the boys, Tigers finally formed in September 2011, with a few player changes, stops and starts along the way. Manager Simon Rodda stepped up and took the Tigers under his wing with the administrative help of Ravi. Both Simon and Ravi previously only took their lads to academy so had no knowledge or experience of this kind of community work. Simon always had an ambition to lead a team and Ravi who has administration experience decided to assist Simon so that he would have less worry about paperwork and finances and could devote his time to training. Gavin Sutton assists Simon during training and match days and steps in when needed to lead the team forward.

Andy Parfitt very kindly donated his brand new Frankie and Benny’s sponsorship for the benefit of the Tigers football strip and Kulbir Sohi of FCL Global from West Bromwich kindly sponsored the hurricane jackets.

With raised funds from sponsored matches and team events we managed to provide the Tigers with excellent training equipment, training balls, training T-shirts and gifts of Wyrley beanie hats, track suits and football boot bags. They also had a clubhouse Christmas party and a Snowdome Christmas Party. We believe spending time as friends off the pitch is just as important as the Tigers playing together on the pitch. This develops personal social skills and confidence.

The Tigers train every Tuesday evening at Cheslyn Hay Astroturf and Friday evening at Sneyd Community sports hall.

The football season kicked off for the Tigers on August 2011 when they played their first tournament at Pelsall Villa and what an exceptional display of football. For a bunch of boys who had come straight out from the Academy into what they called “the real football world!” The season of 2011/2012 was very exciting and promising with the Tigers winning more than half of the games played. The dedication, willpower and self-esteem was a sight to behold.

Now in their second season of 2012/2013 with the continued support of Frankie and Benny’s, the children are yet again displaying their loyalty to the team and working even harder. With the joining of a girl member, the ten boy team have been very welcoming and supportive.

Our aim is to play football in a fun but disciplined environment and every player has put 100% into the team and no doubt without the support of the parents this would not have been possible.

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