PRIMARY SCHOOLS ‘SOCCER SEVENS’ RETURNS TO THE ORIENT
AS PART of our ongoing and outreaching work within the local community and further afield, the first group stage of Leyton Orient’s Primary Schools Soccer Sevens Tournament takes place today on the SCORE Centre’s 3G astroturf opposite the West Stand.
Due to its continued success, this is the fourth year the club has invited schools from Waltham Forest, Essex and Hertfordshire to participate in this mini-soccer tournament where the group winners will progress to ‘Finals Day’ to be held next April.
At each post tournament presentation ceremony, players receive a certificate and two complimentary tickets for that afternoon’s Leyton Orient game at the Matchroom Stadium and on Finals Day, the overall winners will be presented with their trophies on the pitch at half time.
In the hope that some of the participants may become Leyton Orient supporters and make more regular visits to support the club, today we welcome:
Shelley Primary School, a small school opened in 1993 and consisting of only 84 pupils in Ongar, Essex. Lesley Lewis, Head teacher, said, “We are proud that we are at the heart of our community. Our building houses a pre-school, children’s centre, mums and toddlers group and hosts the residents association. We have enthusiastic staff who want to see every child achieve their best and fantastic children who want to learn ‘lessons for life’. We take part in lots of sporting events and are really pleased to be part of the Soccer Sevens tournament for the first time”.
Noor Ul Islam Primary School –
Based in Leyton, this independent school relies only on school fees and donations and is now in its ninth year.
The school has 160 boys and girls attending full time and aims to follows the National Curriculum subjects as well as teaching Islamic Studies and Arabic. The school’s foundation is based on providing a cheerful and happy place for young children to learn while maintaining the discipline expected in an Islamic school.
Epping Primary School is a mixed Community School which can cater for up to 420 pupils aged from four to 11 years. The school provides opportunities for many and varied extra-curricular activities for all age ranges across the year, including football and today’s team is made up of Y5/6 children. Their teacher and manager, Miss Jones, an Orient season ticket holder, is looking forward to showing the Premier League supporting children a real game of football!
St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, is a small village school in the Hertfordshire village of Much Hadham.
The school places much importance on physical education and competitive sport, and has been extremely successful for several years. They have won district cross country, athletics and tag rugby titles and the boys’ and girls’ football teams have been district champions on two occasions. PE co-ordinator Sylvia Williams and husband Colin jointly run the school football clubs and teams and both are Leyton Orient supporters. For the last three seasons, St Andrew’s have qualified for the Leyton Orient Soccer Sevens Finals, but have yet to win the title; a statistic they are hoping to improve on.
Tim West, Head teacher at Potter Street Primary School in Harlow, said, “We have 160 pupils aged from four – 11 years and we’ve been working hard over the past year to form a football team we can be proud of. Practice is every Thursday after school with Mr Broad, and some lunchtimes as well. Now we’re working together, learning new skills and enjoying matches. It’s early days, but we’ve got big hopes for what we can do. We’re aiming high and looking forward to our first Soccer Sevens tournament!”
Soccer Sevens Winners 2012 – Northgate School from Bishops Stortford
We’d also like to welcome The Crown and Manor Club who have been serving the local community of Hoxton for almost 110 years, providing young people with a caring and nurturing environment in order to enable them to become valued members of society through their programme of academic and sporting activities alongside the work done outside of the Club environment on residential visits. The club currently have nine Junior/Youth Football teams who compete in Leagues and Cups across London. “We believe in developing our players to be comfortable on the ball and allow our players to express themselves in an environment where they feel free to take risks without fear of making a mistake. In the past two years, we have had eight of our boys signed at professional clubs (four at Tottenham Hotspur, one at Barnet, one at Brentford, one at Crystal Palace and one at your very own, Leyton Orient)!” said spokesman Robert Nicoll.
Good luck to you all!!