As part of their time with Lambeth Tigers, we want players to be the best they can be and we want to give them the chance to have unforgettable memories. In recent years, our programme of tours and tournaments have done just that.
Our inaugral international tour took place in 2014 when we were invited to represent England in a UEFA tournament. The competition took place over five days in the grounds of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.
A Lambeth Tigers team of 12 and 13 year olds took on a field of fifty-five other nations, mainly comprising teams from professional academies. We defeated teams from Germany, Croatia, Belarus, Bulgaria and Holland - finally bowing out in the Quarter Finals against eventual winners Slovenia.
The week was an unforgettable experience for all involved. To see more from Berlin 2014, click here.
We have strong links with many professional clubs and their academies. This is mainly due to the fact that over 60 boys have graduated from Lambeth Tigers to professional clubs in recent years.
Consequently, we now play regularly against academy teams. In the last twelve months, we have played against Crystal Palace, Millwall, Stoke City, Reading, Arsenal and Liverpool FC.
UK Football Festivals
In recent years, our Foundation Phase boys have attended week long football festivals. The most prestigious of these is the ESF Football of Festival held at Butlins, Bognor Regis. The competition attracts some of the most developed and strong grassroots teams and is also a great opportunity for children to have fun together and for parents and coaches to enjoy socialising together.
We always aim to enter as many summer football tournaments as possibe for all age groups. Such tournaments typically take place in either London or the Home Counties and offer our teams a fantastic day out with the opportunity to win a medal or two.
Gothia Cup 2015
In 2015, eight of our boys aged 12 to 14 joined forces with a football club from Ghana called One World Academy. Together they played in the world famous Gothia Cup in Sweden, which is the largest youth football tournament in the world.
The kids subequently put together a 'thank you' video for the Lambeth Tigers coach who organised the trip and tok the boys to Sweden. You can view the video here.