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University Of Hull Supports Youth Football

The University of Hull is sponsoring a new football tournament being run by the Tigers Trust for local primary schools.

The tournament, which began last week, sees three rounds of action with successful teams progressing through to the finals which will be played at the University of Hull on Tuesday 16th January.

As the Club's Official Training Partner, the University of Hull sees its branding displayed on training wear and is committed to supporting youth football and the development of young players in the local area.

Dr David Richards, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Hull is delighted that the University is backing this new tournament for local schools.

"We are very pleased to be hosting this competition at our fantastic new community football hub. Grassroots sport is something the University is hugely supportive of and places a big emphasis on. Our investment in sporting facilities is improving the quality of our sporting offer and increasing participation right from grassroots to elite level. We hope these youngsters enjoy using these new facilities."

The Football Hub was made possible, in part, by a £500,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. It is part of a £16-million enhancement of sports facilities at the University. The new hub includes a purpose-built pavilion on the sports field off Inglemire Lane, which includes eight team changing rooms, two officials' changing rooms, two seminar rooms, spectator toilets and a physiotherapy room.

 As well as the Pavilion, the grant helped to replace one of the University's grass pitches, which was prone to water-logging, with a new 3G artificial grass pitch (AGP). The Football Hub will not only be used by students, but will also be a community facility used by many local clubs.

The first round of action took place last week at the University's sports facilities, with a further round of fixtures set to take place there at the end of the month.

This week, the tournament will move out into the East Riding with games set to be played in Hornsea with teams eager to progress through to the finals in the new year.

Tigers Commercial Manager, Joe Clutterbrook, added: "It's fantastic to see the University working closely with local schools in the community to develop the next generation of footballers. The University's new facilities are second to none and we hope to see the benefits in years to come."

For more details about the Tigers Trust, visit www.tigerstrust.co.uk

Further details about the University of Hull can be found at www.hull.ac.uk

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