Last week Southend United Community joined forces with C2C rail & British Transport Police to help make children aware of the dangers surrounding the railways...
Kat from National Rail and David from British Transport Police spoke about the different dangers surrounding the railways, including how to behave at railway stations and level crossings.This is a great way to reach as many young children as possible with the help of Southend United.
David from BTP said, “It’s great to use a football club for our scheme and we have held many of these with the Blues before and they’ve been great!"
The pupils were also treated to a surprise visit from Blues goalkeeper Ted Smith and defender John White.
The players took part in the assembly by taking questions from the children about what it’s like to to be a professional football player.
Both Ted and John spoke about their careers so far, taking questions like what is your most memorable game. Ted said, "For me, it has to be when I was younger playing for England against Germany, it was great to represent the country."
John said, "For me, it was when I captained Southend at Wembley at the League to playoffs and we won on penalty’s it was great to lift the trophy in front of so many of our fans."
The players then got to roll back the years by joining the kids on the assembly hall floor for a photo!
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 17/18 season, over 17,000 children were invited to watch Blues at Roots Hall thanks to the scheme.
If your school would like to get a visit from the Blues call Dan on 01702 341351.