Mini Cubs, Footy Cubs and Footy Tigers



If you’re a new participant, before you book please email us to check availability of places.

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Foundation activities for a child’s first discovery and joy of the game.

“Thanks for the taster session last week I thought the lesson was really good and I liked the guy that ran it, he was brilliant with the children. Wishing you all the best, we think you’re running an amazing club that has a brilliant reputation in the town.”
Amy – Footy Cub Mum

For further details on our Mini Cubs, Cubs and Tigers sessions see below. For schedule information and bookings see our online shop.

Click here to find out where Tommy’s been recently!

About our Foundation sessions   We provide the best value and best quality young childrens’ team sports sessions. Our specialised, highly trained, and experienced coaches ensure that our children eventually transition into club team football with our partner Sporting 87 FC, with the best knowledge and confidence of the game. We ensure that they go forward and progress with the best underpinnning understanding and skillset possible. Our development pathways also provide access to advanced level sessions with our Academy. These qualities, attributes and resources make us unique in our field.

The Foundation’s objectives   Primarily our fun play and practices support the development of children’s fundamental movement skills, termed A B C ‘s (see explanatory video), at the same time as motivating, enthusing and developing a life-long love of football. The game’s social, cooperative and collaborative nature is also an important factor as to why the game of footy has so much positive benefit beyond it simply being physically rewarding.

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Our aims for every child   Our sessions are appropriately designed, each covering the first three important stages of children’s physical, emotional and cognitive growth. Ages given for each group are a guide only; there is an overlap in ages for all groups. When placing a child we focus our attention on appropriateness. The ability to cope will contribute so much to a child’s enjoyment of and fulfillment in a session. To this end trial sessions for newbie Tigers will often be with our more accomplished Cubs, and we then proceed from there.

Making it right for your child   Your child’s coach will advise you when he/she is ready for transition, whether that’s immediately or later (it’s not uncommon for this to be over a year). Prior experience is the major influencing factor to your child’s reaction to his/her first session. This can simply be playing in the garden with family, especially older siblings, or involvement in playground footy with friends; whatever the entry point we can provide the first step for any child that wants to start learning to play football formally.

  • Mini Cubs for ages 2 to 3½
    “Footy Discoverers” football themed soft play area. Parent assisted introduction to FUNdamentals.
  • Cubs for ages 3½ to 5 (up to early years and reception)
    “Footy Explorers” independent FUNdamentals based play and practice.
  • Tigers for ages 5 to 7 (school years 1 and 2)
    “Footy Adventurers” play, practice and optional regular mini-matches on Saturdays.
  • Tigers for Girls Only for ages 5 to 11 (school years 1 to 6)
    “Footy Adventurers” play, practice and optional regular mixed girls and boys mini-matches on Saturdays.

Supporting players and parents into club football   Footy Tiger players make up U7 representative teams in friendly mini-matches (half mini soccer format) on Saturday mornings throughout the season. Participation in these games is optional, and must be in addition to a midweek training session. In their last months with us as Tigers the children are arranged in fixed teams in preparation for transitioning into Sporting 87 FC teams at U8 (starting in the September of school year 3). During this period volunteer parents/carers who wish to be team coaches and helpers are supported by our professional coaches in attaining the knowledge and experience to become confident and competent. All parent/carer team coaches and helpers will be DBS checked and we aim for them to have acheived the FA PlayMaker qualification, which includes safeguarding and first aid, before the teams transition.

Mini Cubs

Currently suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions

Wednesdays 5.15pm, 45 mins:
Indoors at the Skyliner sports hall.
Runs all through the year, only resting for a Christmas break.

We are also working in several good children’s day nurseries:
Contact us to find a nursery with a place near you.


Early evenings:
Wednesdays 5.15pm, 45 mins:
Indoors at the Skyliner Sports Centre.
Runs all through the year, only resting for a Christmas break.

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Early evenings:
Wednesdays 6pm, 1 hr:
Indoors at the Skyliner Sports Centre.
Runs all through the year, only resting for a Christmas break.

Saturday morning mini-matches/team-training option*:
Saturdays 9am**, 1 hrCurrently suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions
Mainly outdoors at the Victory Sports Ground, but indoors during January and February
(Mini-matches run September to April inclusive, with training through summer.)

* You must attend a midweek Tigers session to be eligible for Saturday mini-matches. This can include Sporting Trust extracurricular school clubs at its many partner primary schools (look in our online sessions shop to see if your school has a Sporting Trust Footy Tiger club).
** Times vary depending on host Club.

Tigers for Girls-only

Early evenings:
Fridays 4.15pm, 45 mins:
Outdoors at the Skyliner Sports Centre.
Runs all through the year, but rests during school holidays
and the preceeding Fridays, i.e. the day schools break-up.

Sessions are based alongside the Girls 5-a-side League.
Transition to a Sporting 87 FC girls 5-a-side team, when
appropriate is managed
as part of each child’s development.

See our female football policy.

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If you’re a new participant, before you book please email us to check availability of places.

For prices or to book a session click here… 

Q & A

You may find it useful to the know the answers of these common questions.

Q1  Would my child be okay to attend the sessions; she will be nearly old enough but not the age you stipulate?
A1  We do state specific ages, but this is only a guide because all children are different. Normally it’s fine if a child is a few months below our stated age – the child can be emotionally, socially and physically developed enough to be with us, but sometimes it’s not appropriate. Our coach ratios are key to this and you should chat to our Foundation coaches about whether your child could cope with the level of attention we prescripe in each session. Please contact us before you book.

Our tiger mascots and the WWF Tiger Protectors scheme

The Footy Cubs and Tigers children’s mascot is called “Tommy”. Occasionally you’ll see Tommy the tiger at our footy sessions and other events, such as holiday clubs and tournaments. Also at all our footy sessions our large cuddly tiger toy mascots “Timmy” and “Tilly” are there to encourage and support the children in their efforts. At the end of each session players that are awarded “Cub/Tiger of the Week” get to take the ‘younger’ (smaller) tiger “Tommy” home with them. Click here to find out where Tommy’s been recently!  🙂

It’s all great fun and the tigers are great motivators for the children. We also like to teach the children a little about the struggle of real tigers in the wild. There’s estimated to be just 3,900 tigers left in world and there are urgent problems that need tackling; such as poaching, illegal trade in body parts and tiger farms. We hope to instill a little community responsibility by linking our use of the toy tigers at football to the plight of their real ‘cousins’ in Asia. If you’d like to find out more, then visit the WWF Tigers website, or you can click on the picture below to find out how you can become a WWF ‘Tiger Protector’.


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