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Academy: Academy Trial Evening dates announced

29 October 2014

Southend United Academy Trial Evenings dates announced

If you are aged 6 – 15 years old and are interested in playing for Southend United Football Club’s Academy, then this is your opportunity to come along and demonstrate your football skills.

SUFC Academy is holding trials on Monday 10th/17th/24th November, for the following age groups:  (Please note: we do not hold trials for Under 16’s). 

Monday 10th November 2014 

(2014/2015 season age groups)

6.00pm - 7.00pm  
Under 7’s, Under 8’s, Under 9’s,Under 10’s and Under 11’s

Monday 17th November 2014 

(2014/2015 season age groups)

7.00pm - 8.00pm  
Under 12’s, Under 13’s and Under 14’s

Monday 24th November 2014 

(2014/2015 season age groups)

7.00pm - 8.00pm  
Under 15’s 
The trials will take place at:
Castle Green Leisure Centre
Gale Street

The trials are free and open to footballers who live within 90 minutes travel time of the Boots & Laces training facility in Southend and will consist of small-sided games in each individual age group (number dependant). The Academy coaching and recruitment team will be on hand to watch each group in a safe, pressure free environment

Please note, the above age groups are for the coming 2014/2015 season. Please see below for an outline of the correct age groups;

U7 1 SEP 2007 – 31 DEC 2007 1 JAN 2008 – 31 AUG 2008
U8 1 SEP 2006 – 31 DEC 2006 1 JAN 2007 – 31 AUG 2007
U9 1 SEP 2005 – 31 DEC 2005 1 JAN 2006 – 31 AUG 2006 
U10 1 SEP 2004 – 31 DEC 2004 1 JAN 2005 – 31 AUG 2005
U11 1 SEP 2003 – 31 DEC 2003 1 JAN 2004 – 31 AUG 2004
U12 1 SEP 2002 – 31 DEC 2002 1 JAN 2003 – 31 AUG 2003
U13 1 SEP 2001 – 31 DEC 2001 1 JAN 2002 – 31 AUG 2002
U14 1 SEP 2000 – 31 DEC 2000 1 JAN 2001 – 31 AUG 2001
U15 1 SEP 1999 – 31 DEC 1999 1 JAN 2000 – 31 AUG 2000

How to apply
To register for a trial the attached Trial Application/Parental Consent Form must be completed by your parent/legal guardian By no later than Friday 7th November 2014 and returned to; 

Academy Office
Dagenham Trials
Southend Utd FC
Roots Hall
Victoria Avenue
Southend on Sea

Please note that these trials are taking place in Dagenham and not Southend.

At Southend United Football Club we acknowledge that we have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to our care. Southend United Football Club is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for everyone so they can participate in football in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. 


1) Read through the enclosed information carefully
2) Send back the attached form to register your place on the trial
3) Keep this letter as confirmation of times / dates / venues etc. 
4) You will not receive a confirmation letter, once you send off this form you have been registered.
5) If you have any quiries about the trials please email us at


You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before the start time of your trial, 

Please arrive in training kit, and remember to bring with you, 

• Shin pads, 
• Football boots (NO STUDS as trials will be on astro-turf)  
• Drinks bottle. 

On arrival please report to the front reception at Castle Green Leisure Centre, where players will be registered and shown to their designated changing area.  

Refreshments for parents will be available at Castle Green Leisure Centre and a designated parent’s area will be marked out on the training ground for parents wanting to spectate.  

Download the application form here

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