Southend United visited Chalkwell Hall Primary School on Thursday 21st September to kick-start the Future Blues programme this year...
Future Blues, in partnership with C2C offers youngsters the chance to become part of the Club’s future.
Future Blues, a joint initiative run by the Club and Southend United’s Community and Educational Trust, sees local primary school children & local sports clubs given the opportunity to come and watch live football on their doorstep at Roots Hall Stadium.
During the Sky Bet League One 16/17 season, over 17,000 children were invited to watch Blues at Roots Hall thanks to the scheme.
The pupils at Chalkwell Hall were joined in their assembly hall by Blues boss Phil Brown and two Southend players, Simon Cox and Michael Kightly.
Paul Basset a representative of C2C also attended the assembly and gave the pupils a lesson on how to stay safe when around train tracks, mentioning “not to play around train tracks and level crossings as they are very dangerous". He finished his speech stating, “If the tracks stay safe, then the trains run smoothly”.
As the assembly got underway Brown and his two players were asked several questions which the pupils at the school had prepared before the day.
Once the Q&A was completed and the assembly had come to a close, Southend United Community & Educational Trust made an announcement which saw the hall erupt with excitement as the pupils were invited to come and watch a game at Roots Hall courtesy of the Future Blues programme.
After meeting the children, Brown spoke to Southend United about the programme and how it benefits the club…
“It’s Ron’s initiative that started the programme as he looks to the future of Southend United.
“You’re looking at a lot of schools that are going to have assemblies with players attending and that’s a regular occurrence, it’s not just for today.
“I have to take my hat off to the players, and Anton as the captain has taken over and is leading the outsource of those players meeting the next ‘Junior Blues’ and if the scheme works then the next 10-20 years of support will be secure."
Brown finished by mentioning C2C as the first team squad used the C2C train service as their chosen method of transport as they headed up to Fleetwood ahead of the game which saw Brown’s side earn a comfortable 4-2 victory after making the long trip.