The primary objective of the Shrimpers Trust is to make sure that professional football remains in the Borough of Southend. Thankfully, in recent years, developments on the pitch have seen maintaining Football League status become less of a worry, and off it rumours of a move away have subsided.
Formal representation on the football club’s board is still a long-term aim, although the Trust has made great strides to this end by becoming a shareholder in 2001 and now has monthly liaison meetings with Southend United FC. As Ron Martin has now acquired the club through Martin Dawn, it becomes ever-more important than the club’s supporters have their say at board level.
With the much-vaunted move to Fossetts Farm becoming a possibility again, the Trust plays an important role lobbying the club, its owners, the local Council and supporters groups in order to make sure that Southend supporters’ opinions are represented.
The Trust also aims to forge greater links between the club and local community, which it has helped to do with a presence at the Southend Carnival in 2005, 2006 & 2008 and by working with SUFC’s Football in the Community scheme.
Although Trust membership now stands in excess of 1200, we still aim to increase that figure and encourage our members to play an active role in the Trust’s workings and thought-processes. Through our membership, we have helped to raise money for the club’s physiotherapy and youth departments, but we are always seeking to increase our investment to important causes within the club.