The Tigers Junior Football Club continue to roar in the capital after celebrating a “sublime” gong at the London Sport Awards on Monday evening.
Led by President Keith Di Palma, the club have been a game-changer in grassroots football and are now recognized for their efforts with The Enhancing the Workforce Award, in association with Chipotle.
Tigers JFC, based at the Bretons Outdoor Center in South Hornchurch, were crowned winners in front of The ACE Program Charity and StreetGames for the award at the high-profile event at the Guildhall.
The club revolutionized grassroots sport in the region and, having established its pioneering Futures program in 2014, provided a crucial lifeline for young football fanatics passionate about coaching and officiating.
The Tigers have already trained more than 20 youngsters to become qualified referees and Di Palma, 53, hopes their well-deserved success can be a springboard for even further growth in the future.
He said, “To have it recognized is just sublime.
“In our area we are admired in our local counties who look after us, think and say how well we have done and for them – and that is the icing on the cake.
“Even being nominated we were over the moon, but it forces other clubs to look at how we get our young leaders, our young people to keep them off the streets.
“It recognizes us giving them the independence, motivation and confidence at 14-16 to be able to coach and referee, which is a tough job, as well as getting them out when they get to that last part of their day. game to continue in football.
Over the past five years, the annual London Sport Awards, in association with the City of London Corporation, have become the largest celebration of physical activity and community and community sport in the city.
And this year’s flagship event once again recognized, celebrated and shed light on the stories of incredible individuals, groups and organizations for their outstanding work in the capital, helping Londoners of all ages and all. horizons to be physically active.
Rachael Weseloh, European Marketing Manager of Chipotle, sponsor of The Enhancing the Workforce Award, said: “It’s really amazing to be able to support all of these great people and organizations that are supporting sport in London and making it happen in the capital. .
“Last year was so difficult so seeing people excel during this time has been amazing.
“As a brand, we try to adopt a healthy lifestyle and that also influences the way people live their lives.
“To be a part of the Tigers’ journey is amazing – the enthusiasm behind the daily activities has been immense. They really advocate putting the positive impact of sport in life. “
Colin Walker of British Cycling, jury member for the Awards, added: “Words fail me. As a judge it was an honor to read all of the amazing work apps in London.
“It was awesome to see the time and the people volunteering and committing to get more people involved in the sport.
“It was a tough decision, but seeing Keith and his team come up and win the award was a great time.”
The London Sport Awards, in association with the City of London Corporation, spotlight unsung community heroes who help Londoners from all walks of life experience the benefits of physical activity and sport. Find out more about the awards and how London Sport aims to make London the most physically active city in the world at www.londonsport.org #Leave your mark