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 the County of Essex (including the unitary authorities of Southend-on-sea and Thurrock and the London boroughs of Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Waltham Forest) .
Grants must be in accordance with the objectives of the charity.
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2019/2020 Events Update
EASST supports massive developments at Garon Park, Southend
Garon Park, Southend is undergoing a massive series of sporting developments during the winter of 2019/20 with grants from EASST helping to provide financial support for three mega projects:
- An all-weather floodlit football facility
- A community wellness trail around the outer area of the cricket bowl
- A new spectator stand at Garon Park Athletics track.
In total some £1.2 million has been raised for these exciting projects from both national and local charities plus bonds issued to sports loving individuals.
EASST first became involved at Garon Park in March 2005 when we launched a public appeal to enhance cricket facilities. Every year since then we have contributed to the costs of ensuring the cricket square remains one of the finest in the county including funding an extension to the square and resurfacing. In 2008 we funded outdoor cricket nets and in 2009 made a substantial grant towards the cost of the magnificent electronic scoreboard at the ground. In 2019 the ground hosted several international fixtures featuring national teams from the Netherlands, Denmark and Jersey as their squads prepared for global ICC fixtures. In 2020 EASST is assisting the purchase of new covers for the square that are designed to a first class cricket specification.
The trustees have long believed that Garon Park should become a multi-sport community centre with facilities such as the pavilion, changing rooms, bar and restaurant shared by participants in many different sports. We are therefore delighted by the progress being achieved by the board of Garon Park Community Interest Company and the officers of Southend Athletic Club.
Overall in our financial year ending 30 June 2019 the trustees awarded grants amounting to £182,914 – a new record. Since we launched the charity in 2002 grants made exceed £1.5 million. We increased our contributions to Southend United Community and Educational Trust and Essex Cricket in the Community. The Small Grants for Cricket Scheme has gone from strength to strength and from January 2018 to June 2019 35 different cricket clubs and organisations in Essex and East London have received over £48,000 in grants mainly to enhance cricket facilities.
Our joint-venture with the Essex Community Foundation continues to help Essex boys, girls, men and women, many with physical handicaps, realise their dreams and go on to represent their country at international level and win medals in major tournaments. Since this fund was launched in late 2013, 106 grants have been approved from the Essex and Southend Sports Community Fund with a value, including matching finance, of £236,000.
Please go to our grants pages for further details.
Details of how to apply for grants can be found on our Activities page. Applicants are reminded that the EASST trustees are not prepared to make grants for more than 50% of the cost of any project. The remainder must be raised by grants from other parties, sponsorship or be available from the applicants own resources.
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.
The new Spectator Stand at Garon Park Athletics Track was opened in January 2020. EASST supported fund raising for this project with a £8,000 grant.
The new all-weather floodlit football facility opened at Garon Park, Southend in December 2019.
James Jenkins, one of Richardsons Trek exciting crop of young riders, proudly displays the EASST logo on his right arm. The Essex based team took several top 10 placings in National Road Series races and finished 2019 as the second best placed elite team.
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.