THE University of East London (UEL) and Leyton Orient Football Club have joined forces in an exciting new partnership which offers a variety of opportunities and benefits to both parties.
Initially, the focus will be on the field of Applied Sport and Exercise Science, but there are plans to extend the agreement into other areas of the clubs operations such as Physiotherapy and Sports Media.
The University has already provided physiological testing support during the pre-season period to the first team squad and the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience will be sharing its expertise through the provision of Sports Science support to the O’s Academy.
Students from the university will contribute to the physical development of all Academy players (aged 9-18) through the provision of twice weekly performance preparation and athletic development sessions, which incorporates the teaching of fundamental movement skills and exercise techniques. University experts will also contribute to a comprehensive player and parent education programme, which includes specific nutritional and lifestyle advice and the development of basic strength and conditioning knowledge.
Fitness and Conditioning Coach Lee Southernwood said: “We are delighted to link up with the University of East London as we continue to develop the sports science support provided to all players at the club.
“The internships on offer will allow UEL students to gain vital experience, whilst providing the club with additional resources to provide more comprehensive support and analysis to the players and coaching staff.
“The partnership will also allow the club to maintain pace with emerging trends in sport and exercise medicine, through access to the latest information and research.”
Dr Nick Bourne, senior lecturer at UEL’s School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, said: “We have been working with Orient for the past three years. As one of our local clubs, we are delighted to be involved in this new partnership, which covers key areas of support including strength and conditioning, match analysis and fitness testing. It is great to finally ratify our relationship, and we look forward to helping each other reach our goals.”
O’s chief executive Matthew Porter added: “The club’s new partnership with the University of East London carries great benefit to both parties.
“We’re delighted that we are going to be able to share expertise and opportunities, initially in Applied Sport and Exercise Science, and potentially in other areas as the relationship progresses.”