Cheque presentation prior to Wigan Athletic clash at Roots Hall.
Essex and Southend Sports Trust (EASST), the charity for sport in Essex, has provided £15,000 of matched funding to the Kicks programme to enable SUCET to draw down an extra £15,000 of funding from football’s Premier League. The Kicks Project introduces kids from three of Southend's most deprived areas to play football and is linked to education and jobs projects that can help get them into work.
This is the thirteenth consecutive season that EASST has provided SUCET with vital funds to continue to engage with Blues fans. Overall they have made a magnificent £25,000 grant for the 2015/16 football season.
In addition to the Kicks programme EASST funds are used in programmes such as Senior Shrimpers and Blues Bodycare. The projects engage with fans aged two to 102 across agendas such as health, education and crime reduction. Thanks to last year's donation, one young person successfully gained an apprenticeship with SUCET after beginning his journey at a Kicks session several years ago; this illustrates the real power of such grants to change people's lives.
In the last year EASST funds have also been applied through the Senior Shrimpers programme to launch a walking football team and Digital Eagles classes. The Senior Shrimpers project has a membership of 140 who regularly partake in our monthly café, monthly trips and information gathering days.
SUCET Chief Executive Dale Spiby said: “We’d like to thank EASST for their continuing support for our activities. EASST has now donated a total of over £240,000 to the Trust which has enabled us to continue our important work in the local community.”
EASST Chairman Peter Butler said: “We are very proud of our association with SUCET which provides so many sports linked community projects to help the people of Southend and South East Essex."
To find out how you can get involved in SUCET’s many projects, events and activities visit www.sufccommunity.co.uk or follow on Twitter @SUFCCommunity or like our Facebook page.
In the picture above, Peter Butler (EASST Chairman) and Joe Sims (EASST Trustee) along with Dale Spiby and Geoffrey King (Chair of Trustees of SUCET).