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Community: A message from SUCET CEO Dale Spiby

20 March 2015

Dale Spiby is pleased to see SUCET's work recognised on Community Day

Southend United remains committed to embedding itself in the heart of the community it serves. 

The club has been in existence for over 100 years and the reason for that is it means something to its fans, football is more than just a game; it’s a way of life and it’s the people who keep it alive. For that reason, we believe we have a responsibility to use that power and influence to have a positive effect on the lives of the people we serve. 

The way we do that is through our very own Community and Educational Trust. Through the Trust we use the brand of the club, the positive role models of the manager and players and matchday experiences to give opportunities to people through the unique hook of football. Last year our players and management made 238 visits to local schools, community groups and fans engagement events. This of course is a great way for fans, young and old, to meet their heroes and become inspired to achieve success in whatever their aspirations may be. 

We didn’t stop there, through our Fans of the Future initiative, Future Blues, we gave 6,585 children and young people from local schools, grassroots clubs, families and community groups the opportunity to come and watch a game here at Roots Hall, many for the first time. 

We are immensely proud of the work we do and will continue to provide opportunities for people to be inspired by our efforts for the next 100 years.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow for the game against Cambridge United!

Dale Spiby

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