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About The Shrimpers Trust

The Shrimpers Trust, in its present form, was established in July 2000 (as a formal company limited by guarantee and having no share capital).

Tony Hall became its first chairman and Trevor Bashford the vice chairman. Originally it was called the Independent Southend United Supporters Club, then the Southend United Supporters Club, then the Southend United Supporters Club Trust. In July 2015, we moved to a Mutual Society structure as recommended by the FSA (Football Supporters Association), as a Mutual Society for the Benefit of the Community. Our registration which is held by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority), is by the title of "Southend United Supporters Society Limited". We however trade as "The Shrimpers Trust". Paul FitzGerald has been the current Chairman for over a decade.

It was, and is the same entity, and has tried to do the same thing throughout its existence, which is to provide Southend United supporters with a voice within the Football Club and the local community, giving them a more active role in the running of Southend United while promoting the Club in the community. Through supporter membership and fund raising, the Shrimpers Trust provides sponsorship to Southend United's Youth Academy. As part of our fund-raising activities, we will also donate money to support other worthwhile causes in and around the Football Club and are particularly keen to support local charities where we can. Indeed, the Trust is proud to have instigated a social inclusion programme allowing people who might not otherwise have the opportunity, to come along as our guests to enjoy the Roots Hall experience on match days. This was originally funded by grants from AVIVA, but has proved so successful that the Trust have taken over the funding since cessation of the grants.
Our long term goal, as it always has been, is to be represented on the board of the Football Club with a democratically elected representative.

Each year, the AGM provides Trust members with a chance to take-up an active role within the organisation by standing for election to the Board. Indeed, even if members do not feel that they can contribute enough time to become a serving Board member, we are still keen to speak to you if you are able to get involved in a reduced capacity - every little really does help and any support offered is very much appreciated.

One of the most important developments, has been regular communication between the Club's management and the Trust, with regular liaison meetings every 6-8 weeks. These have been held with a variety of Club employees, from Chairman to CEOs to Finance Directors to Commercial Managers.

More recently, and in addition, members of the Trust Board sit on the Youth Development Association, the group formed to govern and distribute lottery funding to the youth department.

The Trust had run its own membership for Junior members for many years, however, since 2013, we have co-ordinated the re-launched Junior Blues on behalf of the Club, which has had, at its peak, over 500 members. This has been very well supported and offers members exclusive access to players at events including Marsh Farm visits, 10 pin bowling, Christmas and Easter parties and a dedicated Junior Blues "Meet the Players" Day, now held at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers Trust has been running the official away travel for many seasons and runs coaches to every away game, each season on a not for profit basis for its members and non-members alike, as well as organising transportation to major events like the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final and Play Off final at Wembley Stadium.

The Trust's fundraising arm raises money for many Southend United related purposes, the primary beneficiary currently being the youth department, which the Trust has been proud to be shirt sponsors for over several seasons, and has most recently benefited from by a leased mini bus to transport players. A list of Trust Donations since the 2005/06 Season can be found here.

The Trust also donates amounts of money to charity via its "Player of the Month scheme", with recipients nominating a charity of their choice. Fund raising has also included regular curry or Chinese Nights, Quiz Nights, Race Nights, Christmas Quizzes and raffles. Occasionally, members have taken part in major sponsored walks which have included sponsored walks to Colchester, Charlton, Dagenham & Redbridge and Gillingham FCs, which various Club employees have also participated in.

In recent times, the Trust is hugely proud to have set up what appears to be one of the largest ex-players' associations in the country. This arose from an appeal set up to provide legendary Blues' captain, Alan Moody, with a specially adapted car following the amputation of both his legs. When circumstances allow, we welcome back past players to the ground to greet the fans and to re-live some of their past memories. Current membership is in excess of 300, and we are always on the lookout for new members.

Around the town you may see two plaques erected by the Trust, both of which reflect its change of name. In Hamlet Court Road there is a plaque saying Independent Supporters Club celebrating the childhood home of David Jack, the son of Bob Jack, Southend United's first manager. As well as having an illustrious footballing career, David Jack became manager of Blues in 1934. On the Blue Boar in Victoria Avenue there is a plaque celebrating the foundation of the Club in 1906 put up by the Trust when it was the Southend United Supporters Club.
The Shrimpers Trust has an extensive range of merchandise which can be viewed and purchased via this website or from the Shrimpers Bar on match days, including a range of popular retro shirts.

Membership over a long-term period is currently £7 for one year, £10 for two years or £15 for three years, representing excellent value for money, and is easily recouped by travelling just a couple of times on Shrimpers Trust coaches to away fixtures. There are discounted memberships available for OAPs or Students. Life membership is currently from £100.

The membership of the Trust has steadily risen since its inception, with there now being a total of around 1200 members including over 260 life members and around 350 Junior Blues.

Our match day presence centres around the Shrimpers bar where many of the Trust Board can be found prior to home games. The Board members of the Trust are always willing to listen to any idea that makes the Trust and/or Football Club more effective.

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