The Essex and Southend Sports Trust (EASST) provides charitable grants in support of sport and in particular football and cricket. The geographical area in which it operates is strictly limited to Southend-on-sea and the county of Essex .

Grants must be in accordance with the objectives of the charity.

See more detailed guidelines to our activities.

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2016/2017 Events Update

Essex Sporting Starlets Assist EASST

Brinn Bevan and Jasmine Cressey, two of Essex most talented young sports stars, are helping our appeal urging local people to help young athletes in Essex reach the top. Nineteen year old Brinn from Basildon is a gymnast who has already won a world silver medal and performed for the GB team in the Rio Olympics and twelve year old Jasmine from Chelmsford is an ice skating champion. They were featured in a centre page spread in the Essex Chronicle last December. Both have been supported by grants from the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund, a joint venture between EASST and the Essex Community Fund. This fund, which was launched in November 2013, has now made over 50 grants totalling over £135,000. See full story on our press release pages.

2016 was another big year for EASST with grants totalling over £128,000. We continue to support cricket activities at Garon Park CIC and during the year our grant enabled the 14 grass wickets to be regraded and raised to eliminate standing water and uneven drying after rainfall. Local experts predict that by next year when the top surface has fully settled the Garon Park wicket will not only be suitable for first class cricket but also be the best in Essex. The cricket pavilion has been extended to include a bar, lunch seating for around 50 people and Sky TV. The board of the CIC is currently carrying out a feasibility study to add more grass pitches and an indoor school to further enhance the cricket facilities at the site. Substantial grants were also made to help Hadleigh and Thundersley and Harlow cricket clubs improve their facilities and in support of women's cricket.

The Leigh based Richardsons cycle trek team finished the season ranked 10th in the UK which is a great achievement for such a small team. Two of their riders were selected to represent the Scottish National U23 team.

Our support for Southend United Community and Educational Trust enabled them to expand their Premier League Kicks project, create more female teams and further develop their educational pathway where young people from Kicks progress into volunteering, Futsal Scholarships, traineeships, apprenticeships and National Citizen Service.

Rogerio Mendes from Rayleigh has Asperger syndrome; he is 13 and is becoming a young star in the world of Motorsport. With help from the EASST/ECF joint venture fund in 2016 he competed in the Subaru Challenge for kart racing and did so well that for 2017 he has been picked to drive a race car in a competition called AUTOGRASS. Lewis Hamilton developed from karting to World Formula 1 Champion in this way. We have received a short thank you video from Rogerio. He created the script and it is in the format he requested. It can be found by right clicking the following link and choosing 'open in new window' this YouTube link

As always our thanks to the Patrons and Garon Park Supporters who have contributed to the public appeal.


The standing order form is here and view a list of Garon Park Patrons here. Alternatively gift aid donations of any amount are welcomed in support of this project. The gift aid form is here.

For any further information please call Joe Sims on 01245 227636 or email Joe.



12 year Essex starlets Brinn Bevan (19) and Jasmine Cressey (12) are pictured here with EASST Trustees Peter Butler and Joe Sims and Essex Community Foundation Grants Officer Jill Curd.

EASST support Premier League Kicks, a free program for 8-19 year olds to help improve their football skills, in cooperation with the Premier League. The cheque was presented by EASST Trustees to Geoffrey King and Dales Spilby of Southend United CET. EASST's funding support over 700 young people on Premier League Kicks enabling SUCET to deliver over 40 weeks of football sessions at 7 different venues.

12 year old Rogerio  Mendes from Rayleigh has Asperger syndrome and attends Castledon School in Wickford. His passion is driving fast and in 2015 he became the Kent Bayford Junior Karting Champion.  With grant aid from ESSCF Roger will be competing as part of the Lica motorsport team in the 2016 Junior Subaru Challenge and he hopes one day to emulate his hero Lewis Hamilton who began his career in this way.


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.

Contact EASST: The Essex and Southend Sports Trust, Red House, Larks Lane, Great Waltham, Chelmsford CM3 1AD Telephone: 01245 360 385 Facsimile: 01245 360 303 Registered Charity Number 1092238