Mini Cubs, Footy Cubs and Footy Tigers



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.” 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!

We provide the best value and best quality young childrens’ team sports sessions. We apply our specialised, highly trained, and experienced coaches to ensure the children transition into club team football, and provide development pathways to advanced level sessions through our Sporting Academy. This makes us unique in our field.

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 sessions are appropriately designed, each covering the first three important stages of children’s physical, emotional and cognitive growth:

  • Mini Cubs for ages 2 to 3½
    “Footy Discoverers” 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 and practice.

Ages are a guide only; there is an overlap in ages for all groups. Our policy is to place children in the most appropriate group depending on their previous experience and friendships with those that have already started.

Tigers make up our Football Club’s U7 representative teams in mini-matches at Suffolk FA WAYS League fixtures throughout the season. Participation in Saturday Tigers games is optional, and must be in addition to a midweek training session. Led by Educational Trust professional coaches the children and volunteer parent leaders transition into standard Club teams at U8.

Mini Cubs

Saturdays 12pm, 30 mins:
Indoors at the Victory Sports Ground sports hall.

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.
Thursdays 5.15pm, 45 mins:
Indoors at the Skyliner Sports Centre.
Fridays 5.15pm, 45 mins:
Indoors at the Skyliner Sports Centre.

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Early evenings:
Wednesdays 6pm, 1 hr:
Indoors at the Skyliner Sports Centre.
Thursdays 6pm, 1 hr:
Indoors at the Skyliner Sports Centre.
Fridays 5pm, 1 hr:
Indoors at the Skyliner Sports Centre.

Saturday morning mini-matches/team-training option*:
Saturdays 9am**, 1 hr:
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 Educational Trust school lunch and after school clubs at its many partner primary schools (look in our online sessions shop to see if your school has a Sporting 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 alongside the Sporting Girls 5-a-side League).

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

For current prices or to book use our our online shop.


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

Sporting 87 was formed in, yes, 1987 which in part is the Chinese year of the tiger – this is why we chose this beautiful, strong and stealthy animal as our Club’s children’s mascot. Occasionally you’ll see Toby the Sporting 87 tiger at our footy sessions and events.

At all our footy sessions our large cuddly tiger toy mascots “Timmy” and “Tilly” come along 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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