Cambridge Tigers were originally named Impington Tigers, based in Impington Village College sports hall and were set up by a Cambridge graduate, John Herbert in 1995.
Tigers started off with two teams in the local league. We grew from a young and inexperienced club with a mixed band of people having a lot of fun and finding their way together. This solidarity grew and has become the cornerstone of the Tigers culture. We attracted young graduates moving to the area having played at university. This saw Tigers take off in the Cambridge league, becoming the first club to branch out and become a National League club. This also served to be the inspiration for the youth development programme that Tigers have had in place ever since, aiming to see our youngsters graduate and return, or send friends our way.
With our growth and success we were offered the opportunity to play at the largest venue in Cambridge, Perse School which is now our home. Our junior club, formed in 2003, now trains at Chesterton Community College and has strong links with Milton Road Primary School.
We have seen many of our junior players play for the England youth squads at U15, U17 and U19 level. We have also had players progress to the England U23 and senior team. Tigers have had great success over the years, including winning the CKA Division 1 title a record nine times, including six times in a row.
We now have six full teams competing in five leagues, with opportunities for players to play at the highest level in England in the National League through to our Development team, which is specifically tailored to help develop new players or young players with our more experienced club members.
Cambridge Tigers owes a large debt to John Herbert for establishing the club and to Hugh Barker for subsequently developing the club who both gave an enormous amount of their energy and inspirational leadership that have shaped the club into the family it is today. In particular they have established the Tigers culture that we proudly maintain to this day. Our club has families who play together, England internationals, recreational players and everything in between.
“Once a Tiger, always a Tiger”