Southend United Community & Educational Trust (CET) – the official charity of Southend United - is set to benefit from a brand-new community hub at Roots Hall, following the receipt of a £17,200 grant from the Premier League Fans Fund.
The grant will enable Southend United CET to regenerate and develop an area of Roots Hall car park, known as Community Corner, launching on Saturday 7th March for Southend United vs Bristol Rovers.
The hub will be open on every home matchday from the 7th March onwards and will provide fans with a range of pre-match activities in the build-up to kick-off, such as live music, face painting and gaming. There will also be several partner community organisations in attendance to engage with fans from all generations.
Outside of matchdays, Southend United CET will also be launching new outreach sessions to educate children on the history of the club and encourage younger fans, particularly those from under-represented groups, to take advantage of the newfound opportunities available at Roots Hall.
The Premier League Fans Fund is a commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.
Dale Spiby, CEO of Southend United Community & Educational Trust, said: “We’re really grateful to the Football Foundation for funding Community Corner - an innovative new approach to enhance the fans’ matchday experience.
“It’d be great to see as many Southend United fans as possible at Community Corner before each home fixture.
“We’ll be engaging with local schools to inform them about Community Corner, handing out junior supporter packs containing key information about how to become a Southend United fan.”