The official site for ARKH (Asylum Seekers & Refugees of Kingston upon Hull) / Northern Refugee Centre (Hull and East Riding)

Spring Bank Tigers

Who are the Spring Bank Tigers?

The Spring Bank Tigers are a refugee led football team.

Click the image, to go to the Spring Bank Tigers website

They currently play in Division 1 of the East Riding Amateur Association Football League. The majority of players are Iraqi-Kurdish but team members include a Latvian and an Iraqi-arabic player. Spring Bank Tigers are open to all nationalities and actively encourage all sections of the community to become involved.

Their current training programme includes three weekly sessions during summer time and two weekly indoor sessions over winter. Out-of-season, the Tigers arrange friendly matches on weekends and previous matches have included fixtures againts Kurdish teams from other towns and cities including London, Leicester, Peterborough, Wakefield, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham and Middlesbrough.

In May 2010, many of the squad competed in the Hull and East Yorkshire World Cup representing Kurdistan. In a hard-fought competition, Kurdistan beat Iraq in the final to claim the winners crown. Their victory attracted local,  national and even international press! Team Manager Bilal Quassab even received a congratulations call from the Kurdish Regional Government!

You can visit the Spring Bank Tigers’ website by either clicking the image (above), or clicking here.

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