Education & Training

Southend United Community & Educational Trust offer a wide range of inclusive education and training models which support progression at all levels.

Our Education department provides alternative learning opportunities for young people, including vocational and academic pathways.

Educational courses focus on reintegrating young people into learning or employment, whilst building their CVs and developing transferable key and life skills that will be vital across many of the career paths that the learners choose to take.

Regardless of current attainment levels, we operate an inclusive end-to-end education and training model offering entry-level programmes, Prince’s Trust Team, Traineeships, Apprenticeships, Post-16 Education courses and even Degree level qualifications – we’re here to inspire people to achieve their potential.

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

Compared to other colleges and courses they have a lot more opportunity to play football and a chance to represent the club at futsal level, I think that was the key factor in why I chose to study with Southend United

Robert Lodge
Current student

Football and Education

Utilising the vehicle of Southend United, we engage with young adults by offering them the opportunity to continue their studies at Roots Hall and gain qualifications.

The qualifications offered on our Football and Education programme are BTEC Level 2 or Level 3 courses in sport, with Level 2 completed in a year and Level 3 completed over two years.

The Level 3 course consists of a Subsidiary Diploma, which is achieved after completing year 1 of the course and the Extended Diploma which is achieved after completing year 2 of the course.

As part of the course, the learners also get to represent Southend United Community & Educational Trust in Football and Futsal matches.

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


Several learners have progressed into Apprenticeships with Southend United Community & Educational Trust, where they work as coaches while completing their NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership and then NVQ Level 3 in PE in School Sports.

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

Prince’s Trust Team

The Prince's Trust Team programme is aimed at supporting 16-25 year-olds who may be unemployed, in care, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion, facing issues such as homelessness and mental health problems or have been in trouble with the law.

Spread across 12 weeks, young people take part in a variety of activities that are designed to help them develop and build their confidence, motivation and teamwork skills. These activities include a residential trip away, working on a local community project, work placements and more.

The young people work towards a nationally recognised qualification – Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.

For more information, please contact Charlie Barlow / Faye Lambert on 01702 341351 or [email protected] / [email protected] .


Our Traineeships are used as a direct progression from our Prince's Trust TEAM programme.

The programme is designed to offer opportunities based on individual needs and ability, as well as enabling progression to other courses offered.

For more information, please contact Charlie Barlow / Zach Smith on 01702 341351 or [email protected] / [email protected]

National Citizen Service

The National Citizen Service (NCS) programme is a life-changing programme open to all teenagers aged 15-17, to discover who they are and what they can do.

Broken down into four phases, NCS is specifically designed to provide young people with all sorts of new experiences, such as visiting new places, meeting new people and taking on new challenges.

NCS consists of residential activities as well as the planning and running of a Social Action project. Previously teams have completed projects such as decorating a community youth centre and running a community fun day as well as raising considerable funds for local charities such as HARP, Southend Hospital Charity & Southend YMCA.

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