TWO Gold, two Silver and two Bronze was the medal haul achieved by the US athletes using SCORE as their training base during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In total over 50 athletes used the sports facilities on a daily basis for three weeks, honing their skills in Volleyball, Judo, Archery and Boxing. They were joined by a further 30 coaches and sports administrators as they worked hard to fulfil their dreams and four years of hard work.
The team really made themselves at home bringing in all of the resources and refreshments required to achieve the highest standard.
During the training period SCORE hosted its first Volleyball International when the US Men’s team played a friendly against Australia. The entire NBC network also descended on the facility to interview and film the Boxing squad being put through their paces.
As part of the agreement on community outreach, 100 local teenagers watched the men’s volleyball train and joined WWE Wrestler and former US Olympic Weightlifter Mark Henry AKA ‘Sexual Chocolate’ in a very entertaining Q and A session.
Not be left out the Italian Men and Women’s Beach Volleyball team utilised the three court urban beach, reaching the Quarter Finals.
Although the teams have now left, a lasting reminder has been achieved through the donation of fixed boxing and gym equipment and investment in refurbishing the sports courts.
“It was an absolute delight to have the US train with us. We really got behind the team and cheered them on throughout the games. They kindly left a major amount of equipment which will now be used by the local community and take us to the next level in our boxing and fitness offer,” said Neil Taylor, Chief Executive of Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme.
Beyond SCORE, the Community Sports Programme delivered sports sessions to record numbers in Hackney and Newham, hungry to be part of the Games. For 150 lucky young people, watching the games live became reality, thanks to the London Borough of Newham accessing free ’key seat’ tickets. Young people from the programme also accompanied David Cameron to the opening ceremony, formed a Guard of Honour for the US team and worked on the games as Young Presenters.
The Olympics hasn’t quite finished as SCORE now prepares itself for the German Men’s and US Women’s Paralympic Volleyball Teams and young people from the Community Programme gear up for more ‘key seat tickets’ and working on the games as Young Gamesmakers.
The SCORE roll of honour:
Gold Medals – Claressa Shields Women’s Middleweight Boxing Champion; Kayla Harrison Women’s Judo (73kg) Champion
Silver Medals – Men’s Archery Team; Women’s Volleyball Team
Bronze Medals – Marlen Esparza Women’s Flyweight Boxing; Marti Malloy – Women’s Judo (57kg)