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Supporting SUFC
Jun 16, 2004
Southend on Sea
The Shrimpers Trust is delighted that its social inclusion project has been approved by Aviva as a candidate for their community fund scheme.

The description of our bid submitted to Aviva is as follows:

The Shrimpers Trust, an organisation of around 1200 members run entirely by volunteers is hoping to extend its current activities with a few to improving social inclusion through sport.

Over the last few years we have noticed how important football is to many less able and/or isolated individuals.

We hope that with the help of partners we will be able to create a welcoming environment for various disadvantaged groups.

In particular we would like to target the following groups:

  • "Looked After" Children - we have worked a little in this area before and it's heartening to see the reaction when engaging with this group.
  • People with disabilities - The Football Club does not have good disabled facilities in the general area - this is something we have spent a lot of time working on with the football club. Special arrangements (would be made during this pilot scheme) to cater for any extra needs.
  • Lonely People - A new idea to encourage those who feel isolated to attend football matches and be part of a community.

We intend to run a pilot scheme to offer free or heavily subsidised tickets, transport and refreshments on a match day. We would encourage and expect the Football Club (Southend United) to provide access to players and staff to make the day a memorable experience for all those involved.

We hope that by offering easy access and an enjoyable environment that we will make a real difference to a number of lives and hope to help the club continue with their excellent reputation in this area.

The grant will help meet the costs of:

  • The transport for those who lack the mobility or ability to travel independently
  • Match Day tickets (only where we cannot get these for free) for participants and their carers if appropriate
  • Refreshments at the events. (we will look for partners)
  • Publicising the scheme (although our expectation is this will be minimal)
  • As the events are run by volunteers there are no staff costs to meet.

A grant will go a long way to ensure the Shrimpers Trust can support this pilot programme which we hope will be run 6 or 7 times during the year - with the aim of reaching 100-200 people per year.'

We now need help from all supporters, their friends and family to enable us to obtain the relevant funding.

Your support will take no more than a few minutes time...click here and vote for us if you think this a worthy cause.