The education arm of Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme (LOCSP), Leyton Orient Education Centre (LOEC) held its annual celebration event last week to signify the end of programme achievements of five different education courses facilitated by the club.
Held in the Olympic Suite at the Matchroom stadium, Andree Selner, Senior Education Development Officer, introduced the evening and welcomed around 60 parents and students along with fellow course tutors Nicola Waxler, Kim Evans and Alan Blackman who all spoke briefly about their respective courses including SS Orient, Alternative Provision, Young Presenters, Great Grass and those in partnership with Waltham Forest College.
O’s manager Russell Slade was guest of honour once again, his third consecutive year, and gave a motivational speech to the young people about continuing the success they had achieved and how they have to stay focused now they are moving on to different things.
However, one sour note was the news that funding from Waltham Forest Council for the SS Orient programme ceased in March and it is hoped that it’s not too long before a new source of funding can be found, even directly from the schools using Pupil Premium Funding. “The work being done here is fantastic,” said Russell, “and it’s important it continues. I’ll being doing my best to support the need for funding to continue the excellent results achieved by LOEC.”
The evening included SS Orient Year 3/4 pupils-showing their ‘Sports Star’ interview project video, created from scratch with internet research, script writing, performing and then filmed and edited using Moviemaker.
And students from the Young Presenters project spoke about their experiences of last summer’s Olympic Games, shadowing LOCOG’s sports presentation team in a host of different Olympic venues and events with the opportunity to talk to the crowd live about the Young Presenters programme.
Russell was then on hand to present all participants with medals and certificates and a Student of the Year was chosen for each programme and awarded a special trophy. He then signed autographs and was inundated with photo requests! “I love being surrounded by young people so keen on education” he added.
As the evening concluded, Andree commented, “It’s always a pleasure to have Russell attend and say something to the students. Always inspirational and emotional and, like the rest of us here, he is passionate about education. It will be superb to have him on board in our quest for further funding in our effort to continue what is a proven success in our local community.”