I would like to welcome you all to the Tigers Junior Football Club Summer Tournament which will bring the curtain down on season 2022/23. It has been a long campaign for all of us braving all sorts of weathers to be able to watch our children enjoying the great game.
Tigers Junior Football Club also hosted football to 53 Teams for this season covering over 1000 games within their respective leagues of “The Echo Junior Football League”, “The Brentwood League” and “The Essex County Girls League” and “The Essex County Women’s League. We have seen an increase in teams gaining honours with league titles and reaching the highest amount of Cup Finalists at the club for a long while so the club looks prosperous for the new season coming.
The ever-increasing Tigers Cubs and Wildcats section which was attended by over 150 Children that will help to continue with the growth of our club annually and the female side of Tigers will be fielding over 20 teams for the 2023/4 season which is phenomenal.
The main reason we attend football matches throughout the season is to see our children participating in sport, keeping them active and keeping fit at the same time. Football should be enjoyable for all in an ever-changing diverse world so please support and appreciate everyone attending our event this weekend and make all the children feel they are superstars.
When I was younger I was trying to do what I wanted to do, not what the game wanted me to do.
Today’s Tournament and within The FA’s Guidelines we will see all pitches playing in a competitive format with the chance of teams to put a little piece of silverware in their cabinets before breaking up for the summer. All of the tournaments Winners and Runners up will receive medals and if any of your teams are fortunate to qualify for these they will be presented at the registration tent once the final game on your pitches are completed
A lot of hard work has gone into organising our Summer Tournament and I would like to take this opportunity in thanking Robin Naish our tournament coordinator for the endless hours of voluntary time he has put in for us all to have an enjoyable day. As well as all our other members of the club that have been working tirelessly over the last few weeks in managing to get everything organised.
Please be aware that we have a 3rd team on the pitches today and without them we will not be able to compete so please always respect the officials as they are all independently chosen from our local pool of officials and are here to enjoy the day as much as yourself.
Lastly and most importantly I would like to thank you for attending our tournament and hope you have an enjoyable day and look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Keith Di Palma
Tigers JFC Chairman