Southend United stars put a group of young footballers through their paces on the front lawn of London Southend Airport on Thursday 11 April to find the winner of the 2019 Soccer Stars football competition and send them on a dream trip to Spain.
The event, in association with easyJet and the Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET), saw eight finalists drawn from 14 from local schools take part in a “You Know the Drill” style contest being run by top scoring SUFC striker Simon Cox and Defender John White.
The winner was Reuben form Fairways Primary School in Leigh-on-Sea who won an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona for their family. The prize includes tickets to watch Barcelona play at the legendary Nou Camp Stadium, and a 3-night stay in a 4-star hotel, thanks to easyJet.
Everyone who took part in the event received a medal in the prize-giving ceremony concluded the event.
This is the first initiative since London’s favourite airport announced it was providing sponsorship funds and working alongside Southend United Community & Educational Trust (SUCET) on a number of projects, all aimed at engaging with and enriching the lives of people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and interests.
Glyn Jones, CEO London Southend Airport said “The community that surrounds our fast-growing airport is vitally important to us. After all, we employ 80% of our workforce locally. We want to ensure that we contribute positively to our community and this collaboration with SUCET – and events like today – are a fantastic opportunity to do just that.”
Neil Slaven, UK Country Director, easyJet said “As stakeholders in the local community, easyJet share many of the same goals alongside London Southend Airport and Southend United Community and Educational Trust so we are delighted to support this fantastic activity for local school kids.”
Dale Spiby, Chief Executive Officer of Southend United Community & Educational Trust said “This unique partnership has enabled great partners to come together to offer one very lucky winner a once in a lifetime opportunity to go on an all expenses trip to see the likes of Lionel Messi play live, what a great experience that will be.”