EASST continues funding to provide a positive impact in difficult times

Southend United Community & Educational Trust (CET) – the official charity of Southend United are delighted to announce the continued support from Essex and Southend Sports Trust (EASST).

The £40,000 donation for winter 2020/21 is set to assist Southend United Community & Educational Trust (SUCET) programmes delivered within the local area.

EASST provides charitable grants within Southend-on-Sea and the wider county of Essex in support of sport and in particular football and cricket.
Since making its first grant in 2003, EASST has been supporting Southend United CET every season. Over this period, they have donated an accumulated total of £413,000 to Southend United CET, providing sporting access for children and young people within South East Essex.

The money this year will go towards supporting the continuation of Children in Need Sport Together, and female-specific session delivery. Most notably there will be matched funding for Premier League Kicks, which has so far created a positive impact on the community via its virtual delivery throughout the pandemic.

Peter Butler, Chairman of EASST, enthused: “SUCET’s team is doing a wonderful job supporting the community and keeping the organization alive through such difficult times.

“They deserve support and the Trustees are pleased to further increase the annual grant to £40,000 for the current season. Dale Spiby has a host of exciting ideas for the future and we are at the early stages of planning a joint EASST/SUCET facility at Blues new Fossetts Farm stadium to accommodate disabled supporters at home matches and for the general use of SUCET on a daily basis.”

Meanwhile, Dale Spiby, CEO of Southend United Community & Educational Trust, added: “After what has been the most difficult year for a generation, I am delighted that EASST has not only continued to support SUCET’s programmes, but they have increased their donation for the third consecutive season.

“The donation will be used to target communities of need, in particular, PAN disability and girls and women’s participation in sport across South East Essex.”

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Brian Jeeves

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