Tigers Junior Football Club Futures Project

Tigers Futures

“Educating the coaches of Tomorrow” 

Tigers Junior Football Club decided to launch their Futures project 5 years ago to give something back to the players that had played for us and wanted them to experience the chance to become a coach or a referee. The sessions we hold are based on helping out at our Cubs and Girls Development sessions every Saturday alongside qualified coaches where they gain basic training ideas and gain experience dealing as a coach instead of playing. This year we have seen 8 of our u16’s Girls join the Futures project along with boys from the U14’s who have only just started but settled in very well.

The aim is to teach them our very own Tigers DNA and to be able to pass on the clubs ethos and proposals to the young players who are just starting on their journey with Tigers JFC.

Tigers Cubs and Girls Development coaches are all  FA qualified ranging from Level 1 up to UEFA B and are always on hand to give guidance to our Futures and as the season progresses they will slowly step back and let the Futures get more involved. Keith Di Palma head of Girls Development and Rob McWilliams Head of Tigers Cubs have a great team behind them all willing the Futures to become role models and eventually gain level 1 and qualify to become Referees

Our vision is by the end of 2019 we hope to have at least 6 new referees and at least 2 Level 1 coaches and by the end of 2020 we hope to double these numbers. We are fully behind Essex FA’s female only referees courses that look to launch in the summer of 2019 and we are pushing our county to hold a female ONLY level 1 coaching course in the future.  All of our Futures have given their time over the years playing in the Yellow and Black jersey so whatever we can do to make their footballing journeys continue be it a coach or a referee then we feel obliged to help them as much as we can.

We have invested in this project so we can have a healthy amount of coaches and referees within the club and to one day be able to have an official qualified referee on every game. We would also like to be able to host midweek soccer centres for all abilities not just for the elite players and also our very own half term football schools. If we are succesful in our goal and the Havering Council Bretons Project eventually does go ahead we will be able to say we have achieved this by investing in our youth for the future of Tigers Junior Football Club