On the 14th June Southend United Community & Educational Trust held their annual awards evening at the Arlington Ballrooms. This took place to celebrate the great work that the Trust does throughout the year.
The night started off with a greeting from the host, futsal officer Charlie Barlow and a rundown of the evening. He then welcomed CEO Dale Spiby to the stage to talk through what the Trust has accomplished this year. This was then followed by the Community video that encompasses everything the department does.
They kicked off the evening with the two awards for the participation department. The first went to the Kids cup winners, Fairways primary school; this was presented to the teacher Simon Joyce who coached the side. This then lead on nicely into the second award, the 2018 Community Games Winners which went to the school that won the play on the pitch tournament and that was Glebe primary school.
The next awards were based around the Health Department for the Senior Shrimpers, the first which was a dedication award was presented by Southend legend Frankie Banks to Carmel Orford for an outstanding contribution to the project.
The Disability Group of the Year Award went to St Andrews mental health unit as SUCET believed they had made great progress with them over the last few months.
The Cohesion Department was next up with two awards, the Girls Football Ambassador, and Girls Under 16 Cup Winners. Trustee Helen presented the award to Sian for her outstanding contribution to girls football. It was also great to give the Under 16 Girls Cup Winners the recognition they deserve by presenting their trophy in front of 130 people.
This was followed by the Community Player of the Year which was awarded to Simon Cox for all the work that he does with the department.
The two awards for volunteers were next up, the first being the Premier League Kicks Volunteer of the Year which went to Joe and the Sports Club Volunteer of the Year went to Dave.
The Education Department Award went to Rory who was the Princes' Trust Young Person of the Year.
Robert won the Male Futsal Player of the Year Award and Amy won the Female Futsal Player of the Year both players had done exceptionally well in the team throughout the year both on and off the pitch. The two Football Player of the Year Awards went to James & Lewis.
The final awards were for Student of the Year and Apprentice of the Year which were presented by the Chairman of the Trust Geoffrey King and he chose Siobhan as the SOTY and Reece was the AOTY.
The evening finished with a closing word from Geoffrey, who spoke about all of the hard work the Trust does and the many ways they are bettering South Essex with their #MillionMission.
We would like to thank everyone that attended and look forward to seeing you all next year to celebrate more achievements.
Find out more about the trust by visiting their website www.sufccommunity.co.uk