Established in 2011 to provide opportunities for talented but poverty-stricken children
London Tigers Sylhet Under 16s Football Academy trains the team again in the Dhaka Pioneer League, the largest under-16s football league in the world.
The Football Academy gives young Bangladeshis a chance of achieving their dreams. While the term ‘professional footballer’ may mean sports cars and big mansions to most British people, a Bangladeshi footballer who gets paid as little £10 a game will earn enough to feed his family for a week and is vital to the development of the community.
There is also a real shortage of skilled players and coaches in Bangladesh and a great demand from spectators.
“Football and London Tigers saved my life. Without London Tigers I would not have had the opportunity to leave the troubles in our village or have hope for a better future with my skills.”
Masaed Ahmed, 16, Football Academy Participant.
A talented young player selected by London Tigers after a trial of over 4,000 village children, Masaed’s skills enabled him to escape his village where there is constant conflict. The Football Academy took him to Dhaka to compete in the Pioneer League and he was selected for Scholarship with the Bangladesh Football Federation, a national academy which includes a residential education programme at BKSB Sylhet.