On Thursday 24th May, Paul Hannahford visited our participants at our Premier League PCC (Police Crime Commision) session to speak about the dangers of knives, drugs and gang crime.
Paul’s hard-hitting talk was eye opening to all of the young people involved. His story was very emotional, speaking about his close to death experiences with drugs.
He spoke about his battle with addiction and the effects that drugs had on his life, showing them what it had done to his body with many of the group becoming shocked over the intensity of his injuries.
As well as visiting our Premier League Kicks programme Paul has held workshops for our NCS participants over the summer.
“I work with many football clubs but the number of young people that Southend United engage with is up there with the best for a league one club.
"They also shout about it on social media and promote the good work we both do together.
"I am looking forward to continuing working with them over the summer and to warn young people about the dangers of getting involved in a gangs or drugs."
Southend United Community & Educational Trust have worked with Paul for a number of years and together they have touched the lives of thousands of young people.
Our Premier League Kicks sessions are free of change football sessions for those aged 8-19, if you wish to attend a future session the days available are below.
Tuesday - (every week)
4-6pm Waterside Leisure Centre
5:30-7:30pm St Thomas More
Wednesday - (term time)
5:30-7pm King Edmund School
Thursday - (term time)
4-6pm Waterside Leisure Centre (PCC)
Friday - (term time)
5-7pm Clements Hall