David Mooney’s encouraging words helped Leyton Orient’s futsal team start the New Year with a bang. An inspirational visit from the O’s leading goal-scorer prior to their league match against Ipswich Town helped the players to focus and understand the responsibility of representing the club, and ultimately concluded with a first win of the season!
The futsal league, now in its second year, is a Football League Trust initiative and now has almost 30 clubs playing around the country and forms part of a 2-year BTEC Level 3 Sport and Leisure course for young people aged 16-19. Specific training takes place twice a week alongside regular study with the league games taking place fortnightly which are held at the SCORE centre having been designated an official futsal venue.
Other teams included in the O’s southern area group are: Southend, Brighton & Hove Albion, Stevenage and Crystal Palace.
Some of the players had interesting questions for ‘Moons’, including a somewhat personal one from Theo Thomas, 18, who wanted to know how he dealt with getting booed by his own fans earlier on in the season but still kept motivated and stay positive? David replied: “I believe in my ability and felt that I was working as hard as I could in training and matches and the right results would come my way eventually.”
David was key to the winning streak Orient went on at the end of 2012 and he mentioned that he regarded visualisation as an important part of his pre-match ritual when asked how he prepares.
Another question from the young players was: “Which players in the team do you look up to?’” Mooney replied two players that he always looks for inspiration from are the experienced Kevin Lisbie and current stand-in captain Ben Chorley, both of whom can be very vocal and encouraging even when things are not going too well.
David also told the players that hard work and being focused on their education will be key to their success not just on the pitch but also off it and he emphasised just what a great opportunity it is for them to be playing football at this level against competitive teams.
Leyton Orient Futsal Team Manager, Fari Khan, was impressed with how the players looked up to Mooney and the advice he was giving them.
“The young players were thrilled to see a local hero like David Mooney take time out of his day off to come and visit them and motivate them” he stated afterwards.
If you would like more information on the BTEC/Futsal scholarship, please contact course leader Alan Blackman on 0208 556 5973 or email [email protected]
Or you can attend a FREE information event to be held on Saturday, February 9th at 12.30pm in the SCORE centre, opposite the West Stand in Oliver Road.
Alan and some of his staff will be on hand to show you around the venue and deliver a short presentation on exactly what the scholarship entails. This is a great opportunity to find out the content of the course whilst also having the chance to sign a pre-contract agreement before the rush. There will also be complimentary match vouchers available for the Leyton Orient match later that afternoon when the O’s take on high-flying Tranmere Rovers.
Alan said: “This is a superb opportunity to come and find out about this exciting course and enrol at the same time. There were a few disappointments last year as places were taken very quickly so I would encourage anyone curious and interested to come along for an informal chat. It’s a course where we do literally have fun and games!”