The Essex & Southend Sports Trust (EASST) continues its long-standing commitment to Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET) with a further donation of £35,000 for the 2018/19 season.
£30,000 of this will support Premier League Kicks, a free programme for 8-19 year olds to provide opportunities for young people to develop skills and confidence and £5,000 will help SUCET deliver its new Sport Together programme which will engage children with special needs in sporting activities.
“EASST trustees are delighted to be supporting programmes for young people that get them involved with sport and help them into college, apprecnticeships and voluntary work” says Peter Butler, Chairman of EASST.
“This takes the total of grants we have received from EASST since June 2003 to a tremendous £334,000” says Dale Spiby, CEO of SUCET. “We cannot thank them enough.”
For the coming year, with the support of EASST, SUCET will further increase delivery of the PL Kicks project in Southend and surrounding areas.
Sport Together is a new three-year project which seeks to engage children with special needs and give them access to appropriate sporting sessions run in the community; EASST support will help SUCET expand this programme which will be sustained by community groups in the future.
The project builds on exisiting activities with three SEN schools in Southend, and current partnerships with Southend Mencap. Feedback from participants and teachers requested more sessions to be run after school and at clubs. Those taking part showed increased engagement, social and football skills and were genereally more confident.
SUCET continues to offer a comprehensive educational pathway where young people from PL Kicks progress onto schemes that are run by its in-house Education department including volunteering, Futsal Scholarship, traineeships, apprenticeships, Princes Trust and National Citizen Service.
The Education department has continued to attend PL Kicks sessions to speak to young people about what can be offered in terms of pathways and progression. 14 Kicks participants have progressed onto the college programme. Seven progressed onto apprenticeship schemes and approximately 30 female Kicks participants have progressed into the Community Sports Club representing the club at various age levels.
A cheque presentation will take place at the Accrngton Stanley game on Saturday.