GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2015/16

The Trustees approved 15 grants in the year totalling £128,765 compared with 16 for £119,819 in 2015.

This includes £25,000 to the Essex and Southend Sports Community Fund (ESSCF) which is our joint venture with Essex Community Foundation (ECF). The objectives of this fund, which has just completed its third year of operation, are to inspire people across Essex to take part in every kind of sport and to grow the amount of money that is available to make sporting grants in Essex. Grant applications for this fund, which is aimed mainly at individuals, should be made to ECF who carry out due diligence. For suitable applications, ECF will seek to find matching finance from other funds that it manages.

In the year to 30 June 2016, the Trustees and ECF jointly agreed to make 16 grants from the ESSCF with a total value of £57,190 of which £21,200 was taken from EASST’s contribution and £35,990 was raised by ECF as matching funding from 7 other Essex based charitable funds.  This compares with 16 grants with a total value of £29,312 of which £13,206 was taken from EASST’s contribution and £16,706 was raised by ECF as matching funding in the year to 30 June 2015. After deducting ECF’s administration fees the balance of EASST contribution available in the ESSCF at 30 June 2016 was £20,545. The Trustees hope to make further contributions to the ESSCF over time. For further information go to:Essex Community Foundation

EASST trustees will continue to consider direct applications for grants particularly from sports clubs and other organisations involved with sport but may refer applications to ECF for consideration by the new fund, where appropriate.

Since inception in 2002 the Trust has made 175 grants with a total value of over £1.1 million and jointly approved with ECF, 42 grants from the ESSCF with a value of £118,000.

Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET)
The Trust made a further grant of £25,000 to SUCET in the year and has now contributed nearly £240,000 since 2002. The EASST grant included £15,000 to the Premier League Kicks Project which secured an additional £15,000 of matching funding from the Premier League and provides male and female football sessions, judo and workshops aimed at the young people (12-19) attending covering sexual health, drugs and alcohol abuse. 614 young people from the most deprived areas of Southend took part in the programme in the year.
A further £5,000 of our grant supported the Blues Bodycare, a health and well-being programme which was delivered to over 1800 children in 29 local primary schools.  In addition in 2015/16 the programme was extended to young people and adults with mental health problems. The remaining £5,000 funded a comprehensive programme of social, sporting and educational activities such as Basic IT courses, for some 140 members of the Senior Shrimpers Club.

Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park Southend.
In March 2005 EASST launched a public appeal to raise funds for the establishment of a Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park. A restricted fund is maintained for monies raised which are matched pound for pound by a transfer from the Trust’s Unrestricted funds. During the year the public appeal and supporting activities raised £5,588, the Trust made a further transfer of £35,588, including a special transfer of £30,000 and grants amounting to £46,203 were made towards ground maintenance and to regrade and raise the 14 wickets in the square to eliminate standing water and uneven drying after rainfall.

All cricketing facilities at Garon Park have now been absorbed into The Garon Park Community Interest Company. One of our trustees is a director of this company which has as its objective to establish a sustainable centre of excellence for sport and performing arts to benefit the entire South Essex community. EASST has become a Founder Member and intends to make further grants towards this project in particular to provide enhanced cricket facilities.


Other grants to clubs and sports related institutions included:

  • £8,000 to Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club to extend their pavilion
  • £5,000 to Harlow Cricket Club towards their new community clubhouse
  • £5,000 to Essex County Cricket Board to promote Women's cricket in Essex
  • £3,000 to Prince’s Trust in support of their ‘Get started with Football’ course in Southend
  • £3,000 to Southend Rugby Club in support of their schools' rugby programme
  • £2,500 to South Essex District Cricket Board to fund their youth and children's programmes
  • £2,000 to Giffords Primary School, Corringham to provide new sports equipment
  • £1,500 to provide kit for Richardson-Trek Cycling team
  • £1,200 to RSPB towards the cost of providing cycle hire at Rainham Marshes, the largest nature reserve within the M25

The Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund (ESSCF)
This fund made 16 grants in the period which with matching funding arranged by Essex Community Foundation amounted to £57,190. Individuals receiving grants from the ESSCF have achieved some spectacular results in the year which only goes to show the depth of sporting talent in Essex. Brinn Bevan, the 19 year old from Thundersley, was selected for the Great Britain Rio Olympics gymnastic team and was named as the 2015 Echo Sports Personality of the Year; Daniel McGauley is 25, lives in Colchester and suffers from Downs Syndrome, autism and is deaf in one ear;he was selected to represent GB in the 2015 Commonwealth Powerlifting Paralympics Championships in Vancouver Canada and won the gold medal; Jasmine Cressey twelve year old ice skater from Felsted has risen to number 5 in Great Britain, is part of the National Development Squad and is winning gold medals in competitions.

Others who received grants included Sean Dunlea from Chelmsford towards the cost of taking part in European Cyclo-cross events; Sally McNeill  is 17, lives in Thurrock and has cerebral palsy; she aspires to play wheelchair football for England and we helped with the cost of a modern chair; Katy Bennett, 14 year old from Chelmsford is part of the team GB Basketball National squad and also training at county level for netball; Emma Russell from Chelmsford is the Under 16 Girls National Kayak champion and needed a new racing kayak; Kerry Alice Hartnett and Michael Hartnett, both disabled youngsters from Clacton aim to become elite players in disability tennis.

Grants to clubs and organisations from ESSCF included amounts to Harlow Cricket Club, Tye Green Cricket Club; Tillingham Cricket Club; Runnymede Swimming Club; Harlow Judo Club; Just Ride Southend; Power2inspire.

 

Jasmine Cressey, 12 year old from Chelmsford, became a British Champion (Novice B) with a new personal best score at the 2016 British Ice Skating Championships.

19 year old Brinn Bevan from Thundersley is pictured here competing at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow. The GB team won silver medals.

GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2014/15

The Trustees approved 16 grants in the year totalling £119,819 compared with 15 for £95,315 in 2014.


This includes £25,000 to the Essex and Southend Sports Community Fund (ESSCF) which is our joint venture with Essex Community Foundation (ECF). The objectives of this fund, which has just completed its second year of operation, are to inspire people across Essex to take part in every kind of sport and to grow the amount of money that is available to make sporting grants in Essex. Grant applications for this fund, which is aimed mainly at individuals, should be made to ECF who carry out due diligence. For suitable applications, ECF will seek to find matching finance from other funds that it manages.

In the year to 30 June 2015, the Trustees and ECF jointly agreed to make 16 grants from the ESSCF with a total value of £29,912 of which £13,206 was taken from EASST’s contribution and £16,706 was raised by ECF as matching funding from 11 other Essex based charitable funds.  This compares with 10 grants with a total value of £31,374 of which £12,026 was taken from EASST’s contribution and £19,348 was raised by ECF as matching funding in the initial period to 30 June 2014. After deducting ECF’s administration fees the balance of EASST contribution available in the ESSCF at 30 June 2015 was £19,245. The Trustees hope to make further contributions to the ESSCF over time. For further information go to:- Essex Community Foundation

EASST trustees will continue to consider direct applications for grants particularly from sports clubs and other organisations involved with sport but may refer applications to ECF for consideration by the new fund, where appropriate.

Since inception in 2002 the Trust has made 159 grants with a total value of c£990,000 and jointly approved with ECF, 26 grants from the ESSCF with a value of c£61,000.

Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET)The Trust made a further grant of £25,000 to SUCET in the year and has now contributed nearly £215,000 since 2002. The EASST grant included £15,000 to the Premier League Kicks Project which secured an additional £15,000 of matching funding from the Premier League and provides male and female football sessions, judo and workshops aimed at the young people (12-19) attending covering sexual health, drugs and alcohol abuse. 555 young people from the most deprived areas of Southend took part in the programme in the year; nearly a third were female and this has been a stepping stone to SUCET setting up two Southend United U16s girls teams. SUCET’s Education department regularly attend the PL Kicks sessions and have helped to create a pathway for the youngsters into schemes such as volunteering , Futsal scholarship, traineeships, apprenticeships and National Citizen Service.
A further £5,000 of our grant supported the Blues Bodycare, a health and well-being programme which was delivered to 270 children in five local primary schools.  The remaining £5,000 funded a comprehensive programme of social, sporting and educational activities such as Basic IT courses, for some 140 members of the Senior Shrimpers Club. This year a Walking Football programme was introduced for the over 50s.

Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park Southend.
In March 2005 EASST launched a public appeal to raise funds for the establishment of a Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park. A restricted fund is maintained for monies raised which are matched pound for pound by a transfer from the Trust’s Unrestricted funds. During the year the public appeal and supporting activities raised £6,785, the Trust made a further transfer of £6,785 and grants amounting to £25,250 were made towards ground maintenance and in support of the Women’s cricket played there. For some time we have been trying to raise funds to build a Community Cricket Centre/Function room at Garon Park. We are pleased to advise that this project has now been absorbed into an ambitious scheme to establish a sustainable centre of excellence for sport and performing arts to benefit the entire South Essex community. This is expected to include cricket, football, bowls, climbing, other sports, arts and social activities. A new company, The Garon Park Community Interest Company, has been formed to bring together stakeholders and member clubs from the Community. EASST has agreed in principle to become a Founder Member and make grants towards this project in particular to provide enhanced cricket facilities.


Other grants to to clubs and sports related institutions included:

  • £5,000 to the Essex County Cricket Board to promote Women's cricket in Essex
  • £5,000 to Colne Engaine FC near Colchester towards the cost of a new pavilion to serve the sports field at Colne Engaine
  • £3,000 to Southend Rugby Club in support of their schools' rugby programme
  • £3,000 to Prince’s Trust in support of their ‘Get started with Football’ course in Southend
  • £2,775 to Stubbers Adventure Centre, Upminster, to replace 8 Laser Pico sailing dinghies
  • £2,500 to South Essex District Cricket Board to support the competitions and various district sides they organise
  • £2,000 to Billericay Cricket Club towards the cost of new outdoor net facilities
  • £1,500 to provide kit for Richardson-Trek Cycling team
  • £1,500 to provide tracksuits to the Southend High School for Boys and Girls teams that represented England in the World Schools Athletic championships in China in June 2015
  • £1,000 to the 9th Colchester Scout Group towards the cost of refurbishing their fleet of dinghies

The Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund (ESSCF)
This fund made 16 grants in the period which with matching funding arranged by Essex Community Foundation amounted to £29,912. Individuals receiving grants from the ESSCF have achieved some spectacular results in the year which only goes to show the depth of sporting talent in Essex. Brinn Bevan, the 18 year old from Thundersley, was selected for the Great Britain 2015 World Championships gymnastic team and won a silver medal; Luke Stubbs age 13 from Dunmow became the World under 16 Kyokushinkai champion at the World Tournament in Greece in March 2015 – this sport  is a stand-up, full combat style of karate;  15 year old Matthew Oaten,  from Basildon was selected for the World Deaf Swimming championships in Texas USA in August 2015 and achieved a personal best; Jasmine Cressey, ten year old ice skater from Felsted who dreams of competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics, achieved a personal best in her first international competition in Scotland in March 2015; Nick Penney, 18 year old triathlete from Chelmsford was selected to take part in his first international competition for the GB under 20s World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Chicago in 2015. Others to receive grants were Jordan Rowe  a 3000 metre runner from Frinton; Honour Rendall, 16 year old swimmer from Braintree; Jay (Gaius) Thompson, age 18 and another gymnast from Basildon; Charlotte and Katie Bennett, 16 and 13 year old sisters from  Great Baddow who are talented basketball  players at county and national level; Jake King, 21 year old athlete from Southend and Beth Robson, 19 year old student from Chelmsford,  whose ambition is to become a specialist physical education and disability sports teacher.
Grants to organisations from ESSCF included £6,000 to replace the synthetic cricket pitch at Tillingham Cricket Club; £2,000 to Lionmede Bowls Club following an arson attack on this Chelmsford based club; £1,800 to Eight Ash Green Cricket Club, Colchester,  towards the cost of a reconditioned roller and £890 to Walden Ladies FC, Saffron Walden,  for maintenance and training equipment.

 

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EASST donate £25,000 to the Southend United Community & Educational Trust (October 2014). The £25,000 will go towards delivering community projects such as Premier League Kicks, Bodycare and Senior Shrimpers. Dale Spiby, CEO of the Southend United Community & Educational Trust said: “I'd like to thank EASST for their support of our community projects over the past 12 years. Since the beginning of the partnership in 2003, EASST has donated £215,000 to the Trust which has enabled it to continue it's important work in the local community.” Peter Butler, EASST Chairman and Joe Sims, EASST Trustee, present cheque to Dale Spiby. The Prince’s Trust teamed up with Southend United Community and Educational Trust to enable a group of young people who are either educational underachievers or unemployed to take part in a Get started with Football course over 5 days in August 2014. The picture shows EASST trustee Joe Sims presenting a cheque for £3,000 to Anne Gredley of the Prince’s Trust. Alongside him at Roots Hall are Southend United stalwart Frankie Banks and the course participants.

GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2013/14

The Trustees approved 15 grants in the year totalling £96,316 compared with 25 for £96,693 in 2013.


The reduction in the number of grants approved in the year arose because of a strategic decision by the Trustees to enter into a partnership with Essex Community Foundation (ECF) to launch a new sports fund for Essex. It is called the Essex and Southend Sports Community Fund (ESSCF) and its objectives are to inspire people across Essex to take part in every kind of sport and to grow the amount of money that is available to make sporting grants in Essex. We hope to make it easier for individuals seeking small amounts to obtain grants. The aim is to make sport flourish at grass roots level around the county. Grant applications should be made to ECF who will carry out due diligence. For suitable applications, ECF will seek to find matching finance from other funds that it manages. In November 2013 the Trust made an initial contribution to the new ESSCF fund of £25,000 which is available to finance up to 50% of any individual grant application made to ECF under this arrangement. By 30 June 2014, the Trustees and ECF had jointly agreed to make 10 grants with a total value of £31,374 of which £12,026 was taken from EASST’s contribution and £19,348 was raised by ECF as matching funding. The Trustees are excited by this new development and hope it will grow substantially over the next few years. For further information go to:- Essex Community Foundation

EASST trustees will continue to consider direct applications for grants particularly from sports clubs and other organisations involved with sport but may refer applications to ECF for consideration by the new fund, where appropriate.

Since inception in 2002 the Trust has made 143 grants with a total value of c£870,000 and jointly approved 10 grants with a value of £31,374 with ECF.

Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET)
The Trust made a further grant of £25,000 to SUCET in the year and has now contributed nearly £200,000 since 2002. The Trustees are delighted by the continuing progress of SUCET which worked with 76,096 people in 2013 with ages ranging from 2 to 102. They worked in 54 schools and delivered 2,800 hours of sports and PE to children. The EASST grant included £15,000 to the Premier League Kicks Project which secured an additional £15,000 of matching funding from the Premier League and provides male and female football sessions, judo and workshops aimed at the young people(12-19) attending covering sexual health, drugs and alcohol abuse. 565 young people from the most deprived areas of Southend took part in the programme in the year. A further £5,000 of our grant supported the Blues Bodycare health initiative which was delivered to year 5 and 6 children in local primary schools. Programme content included nutrition, breathing, muscles, exercises and home activity tasks. The remaining £5,000 funded a comprehensive programme of twelve social, sporting and educational activities, including the annual Christmas lunch, for some 140 members of the Senior Shrimpers Club.

Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park Southend.
In March 2005 EASST launched a public appeal to raise funds for the establishment of a Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park. A restricted fund is maintained for monies raised which are matched pound for pound by a transfer from the Trust’s Unrestricted funds. During the year the public appeal and supporting activities raised £6,785, the Trust made a further transfer of £6,785 and grants amounting to £25,250 were made towards ground maintenance and in support of the Women’s cricket played there. For some time we have been trying to raise funds to build a Community Cricket Centre/Function room at Garon Park. We are pleased to advise that this project has now been absorbed into an ambitious scheme to establish a sustainable centre of excellence for sport and performing arts to benefit the entire South Essex community. This is expected to include cricket, football, bowls, climbing, other sports, arts and social activities. A new company, The Garon Park Community Interest Company, has been formed to bring together stakeholders and member clubs from the Community. EASST has agreed in principle to become a Founder Member and make grants towards this project in particular to provide enhanced cricket facilities.


Other grants to to clubs and sports related institutions included:

  • £5,000 to Friends of Casteldon School, Wickford to provide a new all-weather sports pitch for their pupils, all of whom have learning difficulties
  • £3,000 to Southend Rugby Club in support of their schools' rugby programme
  • £3,000 to Prince’s Trust in support of their ‘Get started with Lifeguarding’ course in Colchester
  • £3,000 to SportsAid enabling six 'EASST SportsAid' awards to be made to Essex based athletes involved in rowing. archery, volleyball, cycling, swimming and diving
  • £2,000 to Shoeburyness High School for upgrading basketball courts
  • £2,000 to Rettendon Cricket Club to purchase a new roller for the cricket square
  • £1,800 to the South Essex District Cricket Board to provide trophies for their Finals day, coaching equipment and caps for the District squad

The Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund (ESSCF)
This new fund described above made 10 grants in the initial period including £1,500 to Matthew Oaten from Basildon to help with the costs of taking part in the European Deaf Swimming Championship in Russia; £1,800 to Oliver Swallow from Halstead to purchase a specialist swimming bench to aid triathlon training; £1,200 to Jake King from Southend to help support his athletics training schedule; £1,500 to 12 year old Luke Stubbs from Dunmow towards the costs of him representing the GB Kyokushin karate team; £1,400 to 14 year old Felix Fardell from Colchester towards the cost of replacing specialist fencing equipment and summer training; £3,000 to James Russell from Chelmsford to purchase a racing kayak.
Grants to organisations from ESSCF included:- £4,365 to the Disability Karate Federation to launch a new programme of karate for the disabled in Southend; £4,600 to Epping Forest Sportability Club to support sports coaching for disabled young people; £5,000 to Headway to provide sporting and physical activities for survivors of brain injury in Colchester and £7,000 to Salvation Army Housing Association – Braintree Foyer to run week long boot camps for young people from Braintree to improve fitness and physical health.

 

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EASST helps GB team become World Champions! Blind sailor Lucy Hodges MBE from Rochford with Liam Cattermole and Vicki Sheen became World Champions in September 2014 when they won the USA World Blind Matching Championships at Sheboygan US Sailing Centre. EASST contributed to their travelling costs to USA. MATCH FUNDING CHALLENGE: EASST has linked up with Essex Community Foundation (ECF) with the challenge for ECF to raise £25,000 to match the EASST grant to the new Essex & Southend Sports Charitable Fund. EASST Trustees Peter Butler and Joe Sims present the cheque to ECF's Development Director LISA RENTON.

 

GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2012/13

The Trustees approved 25 grants in the year totalling £96,693 compared with 16 for £81,780 in 2012. Since inception in  2002 the Trust has made 128 grants with a total value of over £770,000.


Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park Southend.
In March 2005, EASST launched it's first public appeal in association with the Norman Garon Trust, Essex County Cricket Board, Southend Borough Council and Essex County Cricket Club to facilitate the opening of a new Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park, Southend. EASST has agreed to match £ for £ all the monies raised from the public. The Trust maintains a restricted fund for monies raised for this Public Appeal. In the year to 30 June 2013 £6,785 (2012 - £9,917) has been received from the Patrons, donations from supporters and fund raising events. In the accompanying accounts this has been matched by a transfer of £6,785 (2012 - £9,917) from the Trust's Unrestricted funds to the Restriced funds reserved solely for grants made in respect of the Cricketing Centre of Excellence. A further £35,000 of grants were made in support of this project in the year. Since the launch of this appeal, grants totalling £334,237 have been made to the Garon Park Centre of Cricketing Excellence. The Trust is now supporting a project to build a Community Cricket Centre/Function room as part of the Cricketing Centrre of Excellence at Garon Park. Planning permission for this centre has been received, discussions are taking place with Southend Borough Council about incorporating the cricket and football pavilion at the ground into the project and fund raising continues.


Sports Facilities and grants to individuals

  • £8,000 to Rankins Cricket Club towards their new pavilion building project.
  • £3,000 to the Prince's Trust to support young people on their Get Started with football programme in Colchester.
  • £3,000 to Southend Rugby Club in support of their schools' rugby programme.
  • £3,000 to SportsAid enabling six 'EASST SportsAid' awards to be made to Essex based athletes involved in rowing. archery, volleyball, cycling, swimming and diving.
  • £2,500 to Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster to provide sailing facilities for young people with special needs.
  • £2,250 to Brentwood Sea Cadets to install new radiators and a boiler at their unit in Brentwood.
  • £2,000 to Essex Squash to provide a hub of clubs and schools across Essex to coach young people.
  • £1,990 to Castle Point and Rochford Schools Partnership to organise a girls' football coaching and match programme across 12 primary and 9 secondary schools.

In addition the trust has made five grants to individuals to encourage their activities in rowing, athletics, junior golf, blind sailing and cricket.

Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET)
The Trust has been making grants to SUCET since 2002 and their outstanding work has been recognised at national level and they have been named the Football Foundation Community Club of the Year in 2010 and 2011. All 72 Football League Clubs were entitled to apply for this award. EASST is delighted to be associated with this success and congratulates everyone involved in the SUCET for their magnificent efforts.

The Trust's grant of £20,000 supported two SUCET programmes in 2012/13:-

  • The Kickz soccer school works with the Neighbourhood Policing Team to divert kids from areas with high levels of anti-social behaviour into football related activities.
  • Senior Shrimpers activies which offer senior citizens who become members, a comprehensive programme of social, sporting and educational events.

Free tickets for Community Groups The Trust linked with Southend on Sea Borough Council to provide free tickets to local schools, community groups and charitable organisations to attend county cricket matches during the 2013 Southend Cricket Festival at Garon Park. The programme was again well supported and our grant of £7,500 enabled a wide range of community groups to attend the cricket Festival.

The GB football team including CARLY WATERS from Essex, celebrates winning a bronze medal in the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. 12 YEAR OLD CAI JAMES from COLCHESTER was selected to represent the Wee Wonders GB & Ireland team at the US Kids Golf World Championships in August 2013. He finished a creditable 50th out of a field of 160. On his return he was runner-up in the national Wee Wonders Final at ST ANDREWS. EASST Trustee Joe Sims is pictured presenting CAI with a £500 contribution towards his expenses for the US tournament which was held in North Carolina.

GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2011/12

The Trustees approved 15 grants in the year totalling £81,780 compared with 16 for £93,621 in 2011. Since inception in  2002 the Trust has made 103 grants with a total value of over £670,000.


Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park Southend.
In March 2005, EASST launched it's first public appeal in association with the Norman Garon Trust, Essex County Cricket Board, Southend Borough Council and Essex County Cricket Club to facilitate the opening of a new Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park, Southend. EASST has agreed to match £ for £ all the monies raised from the public. The Trust maintains a restricted fund for monies raised for this Public Appeal. In the year to 30 June 2012 £9,917 (2011 - £15,191) has been received from the Patrons, donations from supporters and fund raising events. In the accompanying accounts this has been matched by a transfer of £9,917 (2011 - £15,1917) from the Trust's Unrestricted funds to the Restriced funds reserved solely for grants made in respect of the Cricketing Centre of Excellence. Since the launch of this appeal, grants totalling £299,237 have been made to the Garon Park Centre of Cricketing Excellence. In 2010 the Trust agreed to take responsibility for a further public fund raising to build a Community Cricket Centre/Function Room as part of the Cricketing Centre of Excellence at Garon Park. Planning permission for this centre was received in 2011 and fund raising for the project continues.


Sports Facilities and grants to individuals

  • £3,000 to Castle Point and Rochford Schools Partnership which delivered Kwik Cricket coaching to 450 10 and 11 year old boys and girls, best team and girls only competitions and a three day camp at Garon Park, Southend in the school holidays.
  • £3,000 to Southend Rugby Club in support of their schools rugby programme.
  • £2,500 to Old Southendian & Southchurch Cricket Club to provide cricket coaching in primary schools as part of their involvement in the national 'Chance to Shine' programme
  • £2,885 to Orsett Cricket Club towards new sightscreens.
  • £2,000 to Hadleigh and Thundersley Cricket Club towards new covers for the wicket.
  • £2,000 to Belhus Cricket Club towards a non-turf cricket pitch.
  • £2,000 to Hatfield Broad Oak Cricket Club towards the extension of their cricket square.
  • £1,939 to YMCA Southend, towards a sports taster programme and sports day trophies.
  • £1,500 to Friends of Harlow CC, towards replacement of cricket nets.
  • £1,000 to Star Shooting Club Hockley, to renew equipment.
  • £500 to William King from Latchingdon, to assist participation in the world Class Start programme for GB Rowing.

 

Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET)
The Trust has been making grants to SUCET since 2002 and their outstanding work has been recognised at national level and they have been named the Football Foundation Community Club of the Year in 2010 and 2011. All 72 Football League Clubs were entitled to apply for this award. EASST is delighted to be associated with this success and congratulates everyone involved in the SUCET for their magnificent efforts.

The Trust's grant of £20,000 supported two SUCET programmes in 2011/12:-

  • Blues Bodycare; this programme educates infant, junior and senior school children on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and includes physical development activities. 4,767 children in South East Essex participated in 763 sessions organised by SUCET in the year.
  • Senior Shrimpers Club offers a programme of social, sporting and educational activities. There were ten trips organised in the year and these included visits to museums, cricket, markets and a Christmas meal at Roots Hall. 364 senior citizen members took part during the year.

Free tickets for Community Groups The Trust linked with Southend on Sea Borough Council to provide free tickets to local schools, community groups and charitable organisations to attend county cricket matches during the 2012 Essex Auto Group Southend Cricket Festival at Garon Park. This year 29 organisations and clubs applied for tickets and our grant of £8,500 grant to purchase entrance tickets enabled over 600 from these community groups to attend the cricket Festival.

Paul Baxter (left) and his wife from Friends of Harlow Cricket Club accepting a cheque for £1,500 from Joe Sims (EASST Trustee) towards the replacement of cricket nets. (Sepember 2011)

GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2010/11

The Trustees approved 16 grants in the year totalling £93,021 compared with 13 for £81,647 in 2010. Since inception in  2002 the Trust has made 88 grants with a total value of over £580,000.


Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park Southend.
In March 2005, EASST launched it's first public appeal in association with the Norman Garon Trust, Essex County Cricket Board, Southend Borough Council and Essex County Cricket Club to facilitate the opening of a new Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park, Southend. EASST has agreed to match £ for £ all the monies raised from the public. The Trust maintains a restricted fund for monies raised for this Public Appeal. In the year to 30 June 2011 £15,191 (2010 - £12,137) has been received from the Patrons, donations from supporters and fund raising events. In the accompanying accounts this has been matched by a transfer of £15,191 (2010 - £12,137) from the Trust's Unrestricted funds to the Restriced funds reserved solely for grants made in respect of the Cricketing Centre of Excellence. Since the launch of this appeal, grants totalling £269,237 have been made to the Garon Park Centre of Cricketing Excellence. In 2010 the Trust agreed to take responsibility for a further public fund raising to build a Community Cricket Centre/Function Room as part of the Cricketing Centre of Excellence at Garon Park. Planning permission for this centre was received in 2011 and fund raising for the project continues.


Sports Facilities and grants to individuals

  • £3,000 to Southend Rugby Club in support of their schools rugby programme.
  • £2,500 to Old Southendian & Southchurch Cricket Club to provide cricket coaching in primary schools as part of their involvement in the national 'Chance to Shine' programme
  • £1,000 to Daisy Clark from Chelmsford so she can take part in the GB archery squad for the Euro championships in Cyprus.
  • £1,000 to the Wheelyboat Trust to provide wheelchair access to a Wheely fishing boat for Hanningfield Reservoir.
  • £1,000 to Essex Redbacks Baseball Club towards a new baseball diamond at Billericay.
  • £740 to Braintree Shotokan Karate Club to support Hannah Baker in the WKF European Karate competition.
  • £500 to Blind Sailing UK to enable Rochford based Lucy Hodges to participate in the GB Blind Sailing team in Perth, Australia.
  • £500 to UK Deaf Women's Football to enable Lisa Nepean from Chelmsford to represent GB in the European Deaf Championships in 2011.
  • £500 to William King from Latchingdon to assist participation in the World Class start programme for GB Rowing.
  • £500 to Leigh United FC for kit for new Saturday team.
  • £370 to Southend-on-Sea and EMT CC towards costs of members obtaining coaching qualifications.

 

Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET)
The Trust has been making grants to SUCET since 2002 and their outstanding work has been recognised at national level and they have been named the Football Foundation Community Club of the Year in 2010 and 2011. All 72 Football League Clubs were entitled to apply for this award. EASST is delighted to be associated with this success and congratulates everyone involved in the SUCET for their magnificent efforts.

The Trust's grant of £20,000 supported two SUCET programmes in 2010/11:-

  • Blues Bodycare; this programme educates infant, junior and senior school children on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and includes physical development activities. 4,767 children in South East Essex participated in 763 sessions organised by SUCET in the year.
  • Senior Shrimpers Club offers a programme of social, sporting and educational activities. There were ten trips organised in the year and these included visits to museums, cricket, markets and a Christmas meal at Roots Hall. 364 senior citizen members took part during the year.

Free tickets for Community Groups The Trust linked with Southend on Sea Borough Council to provide free tickets to local schools, community groups and charitable organisations to attend county cricket matches during the 2011 Essex Auto Group Southend Cricket Festival at Garon Park. This year a record 40 organisations and clubs applied for tickets and the £12,000 grant to purchase entrance tickets enabled 1,000 from these community groups to attend the cricket Festival.

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GB Start Rower William King William King being supported

by EASST on the GB Rowing Start programme. (March 2011)

 

Southend United Community and Educational Trust were presented with a cheque for £20,000 at Roots Hall in November 2010. This funding will support the SUCET's work in the community, in particular helping to provide essential services to older supporters via the Senior Shrimpers Club, Blues Bodycare, and Tots and Blues Breakfast Club for infant and primary school children. Pictured left to right: Geoffrey King, Peter Butler, Joe Sims and Steve Godsell.

 

GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2009/10

The Trustees approved 13 grants in the year totalling £81,674 compared with 14 for £133,820 in 2009. Since inception in  2002 the Trust has made 72 grants with a total value of over £486,000.


Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park Southend.
The Trust maintains a restricted fund for monies raised for the Public Appeal supporting this project which is now in it's 6th year. The 2009 Essex AutoGroup Southend Cricket Festival unveiled a magnificent new electronic scoreboard at Garon Park. In 2010 EASST funds continued to support the operations of a full time groundsman at the Park and we agreed to contribute to the purchase of an electronic scoreboard for the Pavilion, a tank and irrigation system and the application of top soil and reseeding of a substantial part of the spectator areas. Some of the expenditure relating to these projects was incurred after our 30th June year end and therefore relates to the new grant year.


Sports Facilities and grants to individuals

  • £5,000 to Southend-on-Sea and EMT Cricket Club for the refurbishment of their cricket pavilion at Southchurch Park
  • £3,000 to Thorpe Hall School to provide cricket facilities including an artificial wicket and sightscreen
  • £2,750 to Southend Rugby Club in support of their schools rugby programme
  • £2,500 to Old Southendian & Southchurch Cricket Club to provide cricket coaching in primary schools as part of their involvement in the national 'Chance to Shine' programme
  • £2,000 to Benfleet Cricket Club to purchase a new reconditioned roller
  • £1,000 to Sophie Cole to participate in the World Indoor Archery Championships in Argentina
  • £750 to Blind Sailing UK to enable Rochford based Lucy Hodges to participate in the Homerus World Blind Match racing Championships in Italy in June 2010
  • £825 to Braintree Shotokan Karate Club to support Hannah Baker who was chosen to represent England in the WKF World Championships in Morocco in November 2009
  • £500 to Tudor Rose Archers for replacement equipment
  • £250 to Cricket for Change to support a disability Cricket Tour to Jamaica

Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET)

The Trust has been making grants to SUCET since 2002 and their outstanding work was recognised at the 2010 Football League Awards dinner when they won the Football Foundation Community Club of the Year award. All 72 Football League Clubs were entitled to apply for this award and Southend United were judged joint winners alongside Watford. The Trust supported four SUCET programmes in 2009/10:-

  • Blues/EASST sports fun weeks
  • Blues Breakfast Club
  • Blues Bodycare for Infants programme where youngsters attend sessions to encourage educational and physical development
  • Senior Shrimpers Supportive Community which offers a programme of social, sporting and educational activities

Free tickets for Community Groups. The Trust linked with Southend on Sea Borough Council to provide free tickets to local schools, community groups and charitable organisations to attend county cricket matches during the 2009 Essex Auto Group Southend Cricket Festival at Garon Park. A record number of tickets were distributed to twenty-one community organisations in and around Southend.

GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2008/09

The Trustees approved 14 grants in the year totalling £133,820, a higher amount than in any previous year. Since inception in  2002 the Trust has made 59 grants with a total value of over £400,000. 2008/09 grants included:-


Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park Southend.
The 2009 Essex AutoGroup Southend Cricket Festival unveiled a magnificent new electronic scoreboard at Garon Park which is unique on the county circuit. The scoreboard is attached to a newly built oak-framed Essex barn which is in keeping with the site’s farming history and is used for equipment storage. The scoreboard was officially opened on Friday 7th August by the Mayor of Southend Cllr Brian Smith, the Mayoress, Essex' Graham Gooch, Phillip Tolhurst, trustee of the Norman Garon Trust, together with all the trustees of the Essex & Southend Sports Trust (EASST) and the Norman Garon Trust who helped to provide funding for this community project.  Local MP David Amess, various local dignitaries and many of the contributors to EASST's public appeal to improve facilities at Garon Park were among the official party who were shown round the barn before enjoying a festival lunch. The Trustees authorised a special grant of £55,398 to the scoreboard project in addition to the continuing financial support for a full time resident groundsman at the Park.


Sports Facilities and grants to individuals

  • £5,000 to Sampfords Cricket Club for their new cricket pavilion
  • £2,750 to Southend Rugby Club in support of their schools rugby programme
  • £2,500 to Old Southendian & Southchurch Cricket Club to provide cricket coaching in primary schools as part of their involvement in the national ‘Chance to Shine’ programme
  • £2,000 to Blind Sailing UK to enable Rochford based Lucy Hodges to join the medal winning Great Britain team in the 2009 World Blind Sailing Championships in New Zealand
  • £2,000 to UK Deaf Sports to enable Essex based Lisa Nepean and Carly Waters to represent the Great Britain Deaf Football team in the 2009 Deaflympics in Taiwan
  • £1500 to Rettenden Cricket Club to assist purchase of a reconditioned mower
  • £675 to Braintree Shotokan Karate Club so that Akan Eka and Hannah Baker could attend international championship events
  • £300 for Family Mosaic Housing Association to provide football coaching in the Basildon area
  • £200 to Essex Air Ambulance for their help with sporting injuries

Southend United Community and Educational Trust The Trust supported three programmes in 2008/09:-

  • Blues Breakfast Club where 3100 participated in 210 sessions
  • Blues Bobycare for Infants programme where 4990 youngsters attended 243 sessions to encourage educational and physical development
  • Senior citizen excursions and activity programme of monthly events

Free tickets for Community Groups The Trust linked with Southend on Sea Borough Council to provide free tickets to local schools, community groups and charitable organisations to attend county cricket matches during the 2009 Essex Auto Group Southend Cricket Festival at Garon Park. A record number of tickets were distributed to twenty-one community organisations in and around Southend.

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EASST trustee Joe Sims presents a cheque to representatives of Old Southendian and Southchurch Cricket club at the Southend High School for Boys sports hall in April 2009. The grant is in support of the OSSCC’s ‘Chance to Shine Project’ which is already encouraging the playing and coaching of cricket in eight Southend schools including Southend High School for Girls which has no tradition of involvement with cricket.

GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2007/08

The Trustees approved 16 grants in the year totalling £92,780, both figures higher than in any previous year.  This included the following:- Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park, Southend The Worshipful the Mayor of Southend, Councillor Gwen Horrigan and former England and Essex captain Graham Gooch formally opened the new outdoor cricket nets funded by EASST at Garon Park on Friday 1 August 2008. The trustees authorised a grant of £30,828 for this project in addition to the continuing financial support for a full time resident groundsman at the Park. The activities at the Centre of Cricketing Excellence continue to expand and the trustees are planning further support for the project in 2009. Sports facilities and grants to individuals Our programme of grants to support sports facilities at schools and sports clubs in Essex continued and in addition the Trust provided individual support to young Essex based sportsmen and women of outstanding ability.

Grants included:-

  • £3,000 to High Easter cricket club to assist with purchase of mowers
  • £1,500 to Ekco Monarch & Trojans CC and £250 to Rettendon CC for various cricket equipment
  • £2,000 to each of Daisy Clark and Sophie Cole, both aged 13, to enable them to represent England’s archery team in the European Bow Hunter Championship in Estonia in 2008. Both won individual gold medals in girls under 17 competitions and helped the England team win the ‘European Champion of Nations’ award
  • £1,150 to Braintree Shotokan Karate Club to support Tom Canham and Akan Eka representing England in the World Karate Federation Championships in Turkey in 2007
  • £2,750 to Southend Rugby Club in support of their schools programme
  • £703 to Cecil Jones College, Southend for their rugby programme
  • £750 to the Graham Gooch Cricket Academy to allow an academy team to play a PCA Masters XI in a twenty/20 floodlight match at Chelmsford
  • £300 to Critall Bridge Bowls Club for new pushers and score frames

Southend United Community and Educational Trust The Trust supported three programmes in 2007/08:-

  • Blues Breakfast Club where 3028 participated in 199 sessions
  • Pre-schools programme where 4990 youngsters attended 243 sessions to encourage educational and physical development of pre-aged school children
  • Senior citizen excursions and activity programme of monthly events

Free tickets for Community Groups The Trust linked with Southend on Sea Borough Council to provide free tickets to local schools, community groups and charitable organisations to attend county cricket matches during the 2008 Essex Auto Group Southend Cricket Festival at Garon Park and to attend a Southend United home game at Roots Hall. The scheme was again well supported.

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Tom Canham and Akan Eka of Braintree Shotokan

Karate Club receive a cheque from Trustee Joe Sims

£20,000 to Southend United Community & Educational Trust

Joe Sims, Frankie Banks, Peter Butler, Steve Goodsell

 

GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2006/07

The Trustees approved 10 grants in the year ending 30th June 2007 totalling £74,558, both figures higher than in any previous year.  This included the following:-

Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park, Southend

As a result of the success of our public appeal the Trustees were able to make grants of £30,000 to Essex County Cricket Board in 2007 to enable them to improve facilities at Garon Park Centre of Cricketing Excellence.  This has enabled a full time resident groundsman to be appointed and the ground hosted a number of matches during the summer allowing local schools, and various inter-county representative games to be played on the first class wicket, as well as county second eleven matches.  Further improvements to the facilities are planned in 2008 and 2009 and the trustees are planning to increase their support to this project.

Sports facilities

Our programme of grants to support sports facilities at schools and sports clubs in Essex continued with:-

  • £3,000 towards construction of nets at Coggeshall Cricket Club
  • £2,750 to Southend Rugby Club in support of their schools programme
  • £1,500 to NARCRO, the crime reduction charity, in support of their Chelmsford Community Sports Project in partnership with Chelmsford Borough Council
  • £1,000 towards the upgraded Archery Range at Belchamps Scout Centre in Hawkwell
  • £3,000 towards fitness equipment for the Motorvations Project in Romford for the benefit of ‘excluded at risk young people’

 Southend United Community and Educational Trust

Grants totalling £20,000 were made to support two programmes at Southend United and Educational Trust.  The Little Shrimpers Activity Programme enabled coaches to make over 200 visits to 23 different venues in South East Essex to encourage educational and physical development or pre-aged school children.  The Senior Shrimpers Excursions and Activities programme of monthly events has again been well supported. For further information please contact Steve Goodsell on 01702 341351 or at s.goodsell@southendunited-cet.co.uk.

 Free tickets for Community Groups

The Trust again linked with Southend on Sea Borough Council to provide free tickets to local schools, community groups and charitable organisations to attend county cricket matches during the 2007 Essex Ford Southend Cricket Festival at Garon Park.  The scheme was again heavily oversubscribed and the trustees plan to increase funding of this activity in 2008.  The Trust also linked with the Essex FM Charity to distribute additional tickets under this scheme. For information about free community tickets for the 2008 Essex Autogroup Southend Cricket Festival e-mail lisaferne@southend.gov.uk.

 

GRANT MAKING ACTIVITIES  2005/06

The Trustees approved seven grants in the year ending 30th June 2006 totalling £48,437, both figures higher than in any previous year.  This included the following:

Centre of Cricketing Excellence at Garon Park Southend

As a result of the success of our public appeal the Trustees were able to make an initial grant of £15,000 to Essex County Cricket Board early in 2006 to enable them to improve facilities at Garon Park Centre of Cricketing Excellence.  This enabled a full time resident groundsman to be appointed and the ground hosted a number of matches during the summer allowing local schools, and various inter-county representative games to be played on the first class wicket. 

Sports Facilities

Our programme of grants to support sports facilities at schools and sports clubs in Essex continued with a £4,000 grant to Chequers Cricket Club, Canewdon, for sight screens and an outfield mower and a further grant of £3,392 to provide a scoreboard for the new sports hall at The St Christopher School, Leigh-on-Sea.  For further information on the school please go to www.tscs.southend.sch.uk.

Southend United Community and Educational Trust

Grants totalling £15,000 were made to support two of Frankie Banks programmes at Southend United and Educational Trust.  The Little Shrimpers Activity Programme enabled coaches to make 121 visits to 25 different venues in South East Essex to encourage educational and physical development of pre-aged school children.  The Senior Shrimpers Excursions and Activities membership has been increased from 150 to 200.  More than a dozen activities were organised during the year including a Christmas soiree attended by 130 members. 

Free Tickets for Community Groups

The Trust again linked with Southend on Sea Borough Council to provide free tickets to local schools, community groups and charitable organisations to attend county cricket matches during the 2006 Essex Ford Southend Cricket Festival at Garon Park.  The scheme was again heavily oversubscribed.

Oxford University Cricket Club Foundation (OUCCF)

Essex & Southend Sports Trust agreed to co-operate with OUCCF in a new bursary scheme to support high potential young cricketers of high academic ability who gain admittance to academic studies at Oxford University.  The Trustees agreed to support the programme when the scholars are Essex based.  The scheme was launched with a £2,000 a year bursary to Beth Wild, a product of the Essex Academy and one of the most promising young lady cricketers in the country.  EASST and OUCCF are both contributing £3,000 towards the three year cost of the bursary.

 

EASST grants in Southend and Essex during 2004 and 2005 included:

Southend Cricket Festival 2004 and 2005  Free Tickets for Community Groups Programme

In 2004 EASST made grants of £5,587 to participate in a joint venture partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to provide entry tickets for the Southend Cricket Festival free of charge to local schools, community groups and charitable organisations in the Borough of Southend.

The objective to bring first-class cricket to the attention of a new and young audience was achieved.  Hundreds of tickets were distributed to organisations including John Grooms, Hindu Association, Wesley Methodist Church, Belle Vue Baptist Church, Alleyn Court School, St Christopher's School, Christian Foundation, Cecil Jones School, King Edmunds and SE Multicultural.

In addition, Frankie Banks' Southend United in the Community organised a soccer school on the morning of Sunday, 25 July 2004 and all the participants were given free entry tickets to the Sunday afternoon one-day cricket match at Southchurch Park between Essex Eagles and Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

 

Senior Shrimps Social Club Programme

In June 2004 EASST made a grant of £5,000 to launch a Senior Shrimps Social Club programme provided by Southend United Community and Educational Trust.  In order to take part senior citizens must join the Senior Shrimps Social Club.  Membership is limited to 100 people and applications should be made to Frankie Banks on 01702 341351.

Objectives

The programme provides senior citizens with a variety of social activities that provide enjoyment, physical exercise and emotional support for the participants.  These objectives are reached by providing monthly activity sessions where local senior citizens are offered the opportunity to go on outings, visit sporting events, take part in exercise sessions and enjoy various other social evenings.

Through participating in the programme, local seniors will benefit from increased companionship, mental stimulation, moderate physical exercise and the enjoyment of a shared community.  These are all indicators of a happy and contented senior citizen.

Methods

The programme consists of a different activity each month, and culminates in a special Christmas party.  Participants MUST become members of the Senior Shrimps Club, which is free of charge to join, and through which all activities and events are publicised via a newsletter.  Information is also provided to the relevant local agencies who work with Southend United Community and Educational Trust, as they may be able to identify people who would benefit from this programme.  The initial membership of the Senior Shrimps Social Club is set at 100, and if required, a waiting list will be created.

The programme is administered and managed by volunteer members of the Southend United Football in the Community programme.  Each activity has limited number of places available, and these are offered on a "first come, first served" basis.  In order to offer an equitable programme, all members will have the opportunity to participate in all activities, but if some are over-subscribed, a waiting list is put in place.

 

Southend High School for Boys Sports Hall

In May 2004 EASST made a grant of £5,000 towards the installation of the playing surface in the new indoor sports hall at Southend High School for Boys, Prittlewell Close, Southend-on-Sea.  A further £3,000 was also granted to provide funds for an electronic scoreboard in the new sports hall.

 

Little Shrimps Activity Programme

In June 2003 and again in June 2004 EASST made donations of £5,000 to Frank Bank's Southend United in the Community to launch a new Little Shrimps Activity Programme.

Objectives
The programme engages pre-school aged children in activities that encourage both educational and physical development. These objectives are reached by providing weekly activity sessions where children take part in fun games, which all have an educational content. The activity sessions also include basic football skills training, which is designed to improve participants overall fitness and motor skills. This introduces youngsters to the concepts of teamwork, co-operation, healthy competition and sports-like behaviour.

Methods
The programme is carried out at local play and community centres, and caters for between 10 and 15 children at each venue. The programme operates at a different venue each day, from Monday to Friday throughout the academic year. (September to July), between 10:00am and 12:00pm . All activity sessions are carried out by Football in the Community Staff, who are all F.A. qualified coaches that have been police checked, and have received full first aid and child protection training.

 

St Christophers School Sports Hall

In June 2003 EASST made a donation of £5,000 to the St Christopher School sports hall project. St Christopher School is situated in Mountdale Gardens , Leigh-on-Sea, Essex . Since its establishment in 1906 it has been at the forefront of the development of education in South-East Essex for children with learning difficulties. The EASST donation is a contribution to the cost of the installation of the playing surface in the new sports hall.

In June 2004 the Trust made a further grant of £5,000 to provide basketball goals, protection cricket nets and other equipment for use in the sports hall.  This sports hall is specifically designed to be used by special needs young people with emphasis on providing physical education, physiotherapy and occupational therapy facilities. The hall will be in daily use by the school and will also be used by members of a special needs youth club and a club for learning disabled adults. South East Essex District Cricket Board wish to base their disabled cricket coaching here and it would also be used by local football and basket ball youth sections together with four other special needs schools in our area. Southend United Football Club will provide sessions for special needs children. It is estimated that on a weekly basis over 350 children and young adults would use the hall, the majority of whom will have special needs.

For further information please access the school's website at www.tscs.southend.sch.uk