Case Studies

A collection of case studies reflecting community engagement, showcasing the positive impact of our work across South Essex.

Sport Participation
Anonymous (Primary Stars) Season 2016/17

Unfortunately we are not able disclose the name of this young female. Although we are able to only show a group photo from when she attended a Southend United match day through our Future Blues Programme (Free ticket scheme) – please see below.

We have a young female who attends a local school, Janet Duke Primary – previous to us attending her school to deliver we had been informed by the class teacher there was a young female who really enjoys playing football but does not have the confidence to take part in any sessions or clubs. The young lady was a slow learner, did not particularly enjoy School and had trouble concentrating. As a community we wanted to make this one of our aims to try and target this young female to be able to develop her football skills with the possibility depending on ability to try and get her to become part of our SUCSC u10’s squad.

We tasked one of our new full time female coaches to engage with the School in order to encourage young girls to join in with Sport and to increase participation externally.

After the initial 4 weeks of the young lady only participating in small parts of the session, we arrived in the 5th week to see the young girl in her PE kit and ready for our Football lesson. The turnaround was remarkable with her teacher commenting.

“Anonymous has grown in confidence over the past 4 weeks and it’s amazing to see her achieve her potential that we knew she had. The female coaching staff from SUFC have made her feel at ease and have made the PE sessions less competitive but still fun. We hope to work with SUFC over the remaining of the year and hopefully beyond”

The young pupil Is now part of our Southend United Community Sports Club and is continuing to grow in confidence.

Georgia Raby from SUFC and once of Premier Sport commented “It’s amazing how many opportunities are here at Southend United Community, the funding that’s provided is excellent for pupils like ‘anonymous’ to progress the way she has” The format in which we go in and set the ground running in 6 week blocks give us enough time to have a positive impact and hopefully the School recognise this and extend our stay!”

Parents of the Anonymous also agreed with the statements above saying “Anonymous has really come out her shell since working with the SUFC coaches. The option to join the largest Girls team in the area was a huge opportunity and she is really enjoying her Football. Having the option to go on the pitch in front of all the fans and meet the players was fantastic”

Anonymous is now part of our Girls under 10 squad and is going on tour in the Summer to play against the likes of West Ham United.

Health & Wellbeing
St Mary’s Primary School (+Kinder Move & Learn) 2016/17 Season

Following the Move and Learn funding were able to offer St Mary’s primary school, sessions free of charge, which was much appreciated as the school is located in a deprived area with many BME pupils. Their Grants and Sport’s Officer, Ray Mason, said “Having Southend United CET run free of charge sessions for a school like ours is amazing. We have so many Southend United fans here, being a local school, and many children look up to them as role models”.

We have had a massive influence on the Year 5 classes teaching them about living a healthy lifestyle and the importance of exercise with one pupil Tariq saying “You guys are my role models, I now know so much more about a healthy body and being active. My favourite week was when we learnt about the bones as I never knew anything about it”.

As a result of the Move and Learn sessions, we are now running 2 after school clubs at St Mary’s attracting over 80 children across 2 days. In addition, we now run lunchtime clubs and P.E and get many of the children to local football matches at Roots Hall stadium, with many of them also attending our Soccer Schools in all school holidays.

The Move and Learn programme has enabled us to build bridges with the school who have now turned into our best customers taking part in everything that we are doing locally, and promoting what we do to everyone in the local community.

Following the success, we were also able to invite the year 5 classes down to Roots Hall to take part in a dodgeball session at half time of a Southend United match, where we showcased everything that we are delivering as part of the Move and Learn Programme.

Education & Training
Case Study 2017/18 - Shaun Tite

Last year Southend United Community & Educational Trust (SUCET) ran a Kicking-On programme which focused on the use of physical activity to improve confidence, engagement and aspirations of young people aged 16-25. Alongside the Kicking-On programme we looked to create further pathways into volunteering and educational programmes.

Shaun attended our Kicking-On programme last year and participated in our Coaches day which provided participants with basic skills in coaching.

Shaun impressed (SUCET) staff during the Coaching day where he showed excellent potential and natural leadership skills, from this Shaun was offered a place on our FA Level 1 in Football course where he also gained qualifications in First Aid and Child Protection.

Following an educational pathway provided by SUCET, Shaun has now enrolled onto our Scholarship programme (a 2-year college course) where he is currently studying with us to obtain his BTEC level 3.

Since completing his coaching qualification Shaun now volunteers regularly at our Premier League Kicks sessions where he continues to pass on his knowledge and is teaching football to 8-19 year olds in the local community.

In the future, we will look to encourage Shaun to attend our Apprenticeship day after his scholarship ends; and gain full- time employment with the Trust. This will continue his development and give him the opportunity to gain more experience as well as complete further coaching badges/qualifications.

Charlie Barlow (Futsal Officer) said “Shaun is the captain of our Futsal team, his attitude and leadership with the team and around the college is great. It would be good to see Shaun progress through our educational pathway. We look forward to seeing Shaun progress and look forward to helping him with his journey”.

Community Cohesion
Ellie Wood (PL Girls) 2016/17 Season

One participant who has excelled this year through the Premier League Girls Programme is Ellie Wood; she is a key member of our Community Sports Club and has overcome many hurdles. We knew that she had a keen interest in sport through her school, especially football and didn’t really take part in many other activities. At first she was withdrawn, shy and wouldn’t say a word, however as the coaches got the know Ellie her confidence grew stronger. It was apparent from numerous conversations that even though Ellie was in Year 11 there was a distinct lack of direction and was unaware of what her options were when leaving school.

We wanted to support Ellie as we saw potential in her coaching and playing careers, so we sat with her Head of Year at the school and created a unique opportunity. The school wanted to be realistic in the GCSE qualifications that Ellie could achieve and it was decided that she would sit her core subjects and another two GCSE’s, one of which is PE. As Ellie is a committed member of the Community Sports Club we wanted to support her and give her opportunities where her school couldn’t.

It was decided that Ellie would volunteer with us the days she wasn’t at school, so on Monday’s and Tuesday’s she would attend school as normal and once registration was complete on the other days she would then work with our coaches. She attended a variety of sessions which included a range of ages, genders and disabilities. She has settled in with all the other staff really well and has conducted herself a professional manner whilst represent Southend United Community & Educational Trust at sessions. She also gave up her own time volunteering by coaching the younger teams and also on our Holiday Clubs during half term. She has shown a good attitude and resilience when working.