Hull City midfielders George Honeyman and Matt Smith attended the Tigers Trust’s ‘Tigers Together’ session to surprise Rob Witham with a special award.
After first engaging with the Trust over seven years ago as a participant, Rob now works as an apprentice after a successful application in August.
He is also a massive Hull City fan and was left speechless when presented with his ‘Community Champion’ award.
The weekly ‘Tigers Together’ sessions aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those in the local community, and for Rob, they provided a safe place to play football following the sad passing of his child.
Rob’s apprenticeship now sees him work in primary schools across the region through the Premier League Primary Stars which seeks to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
His journey and progression with the Trust shows the importance of football activities for those looking to fight their mental health.
Speaking on the importance of these sessions for the community, Honeyman said: “Sessions like this are incredibly important to the community. There’s a great togetherness and everyone here is smiling.
“For the Trust to put on something like this every Monday, it almost gives people a home after a home. This is amazing work that everyone at the Tigers Trust is doing.”