Community Cohesion

Here at Southend United Community & Educational Trust, 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 11-19 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
Monday – Shoebury Park - Shoebury Youth Centre, Delaware Road, SS3 9NS – 4:30PM – 6:30PM
Tuesday – Waterside - Waterside Leisure Centre, Somnes Avenue, SS8 9RA - 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Wednesday – King John Girls - King John School, Essex Way, SS7 1RQ – 3:15PM – 4:30PM
Wednesday – Rochford Rec - Recreation Ground, Stilwells and Stambridge Road, Rochford SS4 1EE – 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
Saturday – Eastwood Park Basketball - Eastwood Park, Mansell Close, SS9 5YA – 11:00AM – 1:00PM

We will also be running a weekly hub based at Roots Hall that will include PlayStation, activities, food and drinks.

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

Every Player Counts

The Every Player Counts programme supports the EFL Trust’s 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 April Smith on 01702 341351 or [email protected]

Break The Cycle

Break The Cycle is a concentrated 1:1 mentoring intervention for children and young people aged 11-17 years involved in crime, ASB and violence. The project which will support and engage with some of our hardest to reach young people, in turn ensuring they make better informed choices about their lives and involvement with crime and violence.

Involving in work focused on their health, well-being, education, career needs and aspirations for the future. The project aims to enable these young people to make a positive change with the right support and increase their skills that enable them to lead a more positive life in Southend.

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

Lives Before Knives

Lives Before Knives is a project that was created to directly educate over 900 young people against knife crime and reach many more through an anti-knife campaign and knife amnesty. Focusing on 11-13 years old at 5 schools within the Southend Borough. Giving young children a push into the right direction, of making the correct decisions, when shifting into some of their most important teenage years. The aim of the project is to save lives and inform life choices of vulnerable and at risk children.

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

Euro Legacy Fund

Blue's PARK Project - Physical Activity, Recreation, Knowledge.

Starting in Summer 2021, the Blue's PARK Project will focus on utilizing attractive local spaces to provide fun, social and non-competitive sport opportunities in the local community. We will support and empower everyone to keep the community active and we will work with the local community over three years, to empower and and encourage leadership to sustain physical activity. From ages 14+ everyone is welcome.

Southchurch Park
Bournes Green
Shoebury Park

For more information, please contact April Smith 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 Hall on 01702 341351 or [email protected]


There are a variety of fantastic ways to give back, by volunteering with Southend United Community & Educational Trust. 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, Golf Caddie, Café hospitality support, Telephone Befriender, Minibus Driver.

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