IT IS shaping up to be a memorable summer for all involved with Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme.
“We are going to be busy,” says Neil Taylor, Chief Executive of the charity that has been working across east London for the past 23 years.
“Usually we would be flat out with delivering multi sports programmes on housing estates, arranging tournaments in parks, running holiday schemes and accredited learning courses.”
This year Leyton Orient are doing all that plus piloting for the second year the Coalition Government’s flagship National Citizens Service where 100 16 year olds will have the time of their lives.
This will include a two week long residential and then time to devise and deliver a 30 hour social action project in and with the community. Last year the young people worked with older people raising money for sports equipment by washing cars; worked on summer play schemes and those with disabilities.
The main event however and seven years in the making will be the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“It’s amazing really how close we are to the main action which has motivated us to get as many opportunities for the young people we work with,” continued Taylor.
“We have been working with a number of Olympic bodies for some time including the main host borough Newham where we will be delivering all of their Olympics sports engagement programmes at five sites including two Live Sites, across the five weeks.’
“We are also fortunate to have built up a great relationship with the London Organising Committee and have managed to access some of their excellent outreach and engagement initiatives.”
This will include 10 young people forming a guard of honour in the Olympic Park on the night of the Opening Ceremony; six young people who have been selected to be Young Presenters as part of the Sports Presentation Team, witnessing first hand some of the most thrilling events, interviewing the public and introducing the events.
Eight young people have been selected as young games makers assisting the teams in the stadium during the Paralympic Games in September.
These are all fantastic opportunities for our young people, something hopefully that they will remember for a long time and help shape their futures.
The icing on the cake will be working first hand with two major Olympic teams who will be based at SCORE in Leyton.
Taylor added: “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the US Boxing, Volleyball and Judo teams and the Italian Beach Volleyball Teams. Not only have they committed to helping us improve and invest in the facilities but also to meet and greet their athletes, view coaching sessions and go out into the community.
Leyton Orient Football Club is also working closely with Stewarding and Catering Companies who are basing themselves in the Club. They will be joined by Samsung one of the Olympics sponsors who will be using the Club as a base for all of their corporate hospitality and community engagement work.
“This really is a one off opportunity that will live in the memory a long time and something that we are totally committed to making the most of,” Taylor concluded.
For further information please contact Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme on 020 8556 5973