Community Cohesion

Here at Southend United Community Foundation, we promote diversity, tolerance and equality throughout all of the programmes we deliver.

Our Community Cohesion programmes engage with young people aged 12-25, using football as a positive vehicle to bring people together regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality or disability.

Programmes are targeted at under-represented groups such as people with a disability, BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) and low-income families with the view to creating positive activity and meaningful progressions.

Our Community Cohesion team signposts young people to exciting education, training and volunteering opportunities including the Prince’s Trust Team programme and the NCS programme.

We have an impressive progression and success rate, helping young people reach their ambitions.

If you’d like to be one in a million – contact us today.

I am loving volunteering for Southend United at the PL Kicks programme. This project keeps young people off the street and engaged in Football. I am also over the moon in gaining my Level 1 in Football qualification and starting on the coaching ladder.


Premier League Kicks

The Premier League Kicks programme is a national project delivered across the UK by professional football clubs.

We use the hook of Southend United to engage with young boys and girls aged 8-19 in deprived areas across Southend through the power of sport.

Daily sessions run throughout the week, whereby young people can enjoy free football in a safe and enjoyable environment, consequently reducing crime rates and anti-social behaviour in the local community.


Monday – Eversley – Eversley Leisure Centre, Crest Avenue, SS13 2EF – 4:45PM – 6:45PM
Wednesday - Shoebury Youth Centre, Delaware Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS3 9NS - 6:30PM - 7:30PM (School years 7-13, term time only)
Wednesday – Basildon Sporting Village, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon SS14 3GR - 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Thursday – Waterside - Waterside Leisure Centre, Somnes Avenue, SS8 9RA - 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Thursday – Garons Disability - Garons Leisure Centre, Eastern Avenue, SS2 4FA – 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Friday – Garons - Garons Leisure Centre, Eastern Avenue, SS2 4FA – 5:00PM – 7:00PM

For more information, please contact Dan King on 01702 341351 or [email protected].

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Every Player Counts

The Every Player Counts programme funded by the National League Trust supports our aim of increasing sports participation for all.

The programme covers a wide range of disabilities with the simple aim of getting more people involved in sport, tailored to the specific needs of the local community.

Our aim at SUCET is to have pan-disability football pathways that will enable young disabled people aged 11-19 living in South East Essex to play football and progress to the level they are able to achieve.

Strong relationships have been developed with special schools whereby our coaching staff provide lunchtime clubs and in-school PE provision including football, multi-sports and teambuilding activities.

Additionally, after school clubs, holiday camps, player visits, stadium tours, match tickets and event opportunities to young people living with pan disabilities are provided.

For more information, please contact Dan King on 01702 341351 or [email protected].

Youth Voice

Youth Voice helps to put young peoples mark onto the local community. Meeting at Roots Hall, giving them a chance to use their voice and experiences helping us to engage in the Southend Borough, designing possible future projects and helping us improve current delivery around PL kicks and other projects. Their voice matters.

For more information, please contact Dan King on 01702 341351 or [email protected]

SUCET Youth Hub

We run funded 'Youth Hub's' on a Thursday and Friday evening at Garon Park in Southend. We aim to retain the young people over a period over time. With access to both indoor and outdoor activities we aim to give the young people access to various workshops and qualifications up such as: Safer roots, gaming/gambling prevention workshops and qualifications such as FA Playmaker and The FA Referee course for our participants aged 14+

Thursdays - 5pm - 7pm (Funded by Community Investment Board - CIB)

Fridays - 5pm - 7pm (Funded by Violence & Vulnerability Unit - VVU)

For more information please contact Jack Medland on 01702 341351 or [email protected]


There are a variety of fantastic ways to give back, by volunteering with Southend United Community Foundation. We are constantly looking for individuals that want to make a difference in the local community and help out.

We are currently recruiting for the following volunteering opportunities including PL Kicks Volunteer, Assistant Disability Coach, Café hospitality support, Telephone Befriender, Minibus Driver.

For more information, please contact us on 01702 341351 or email [email protected]