access_time 9 years ago

LEYTON ORIENT FOOTBALL CLUB and Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme (LOCSP) are pleased to announce the introduction of a brand new scheme involving nine local schools.

Following on from the success over the last couple of seasons of the Adopt-a-Player scheme, the Leyton Orient Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme (LOPASS) has been designed to help improve the educational attainment and life skills of young people in our community as well as offer player visits, matchday occasions, stadium tours and inter-school competitions, utilising the club for an overall experience with the ultimate aim of enticing and encouraging pupils to be Leyton Orient fans of the future.

The schools involved have all agreed to help promote the club in various ways including introducing a Leyton Orient school notice board and in turn they will be able to obtain access to training ground visits, stadium tours, player visits, match vouchers, a ‘Theo’ appearance as well as a direct contact with our Academy enabling the club to see potential high-quality players via first-hand recommendation.

Matt Neil, head of PE at Buxton all-through school in Leytonstone and a District team manager said: “Having that direct link with a professional club is outstanding. It should motivate our young footballers to work even harder and having the first team players coming in talking about life as a footballer will only inspire them further. I think the partnership is a great idea and can’t wait to get going.”

A pair of players will visit each school on a termly basis and help with coaching sessions, literacy and numeracy projects as well as other school curriculum based lessons.

“We are very excited to become involved in a partnership with Leyton Orient Football Club and LOCSP,” said Kerry Ansell, Deputy Head at Woodford Green Primary. “What’s on offer is a fantastic opportunity for us and for some pupils, it will be their first ever contact with a football club.”

As well as regular updates on our own LOFC website, each school website will also include details and information of their Orient experiences and we will include links so that all the good news stories can be shared.

Last week, Norlington School for Boys year 10s visited the training ground and watched the first team in action followed by informative chats with Kevin Nugent, Lee Southernwood (fitness coach), Greg Adams (performance analyst) and Julie Bassett (cook) before presenting Affy Obafemi and Moses Odubajo with original paintings created by pupils at the school as thanks for attending their recent presentation evening at Walthamstow Town Hall.

Paul Hobbs, Head of PE, said: “This is a great opportunity to be associated with a professional football club and access areas usually deemed as out of bounds. Scott (Cuthbert) and Leon (McSweeney) have been to the school before and were superb so we are more than happy to have them back.”

So welcome to the following schools and here’s hoping for a successful and productive association – follow the links to see what’s happening in the schools.

South Grove Primary, Walthamstow
Curwen Primary, Newham
Woodford Green Primary
Sybourn Primary, Leyton
Waltham Holy Cross Primary, Waltham Abbey
Our Lady’s & St George’s, Walthamstow
Buxton All-Through, Leytonstone
George Mitchell All-Through, Leyton
Norlington Boys Secondary, Leyton