Players have been out and about in the community lately and it seems local colleges and senior schools hold over last year’s celebration events until this time in the new school year.
Moses Odubajo was recently seen presenting at Norlington Boy’s School award ceremony held at Waltham Forest Civic Centre whilst Johnny Gorman was guest of honour at Leyton Sixth Form College to help present their Sport and Outdoor Pursuit Awards as well as giving an inspirational and insightful speech on the importance of education whilst following your dream to become a successful sports person.
Gorman, at 20-years-old already a full Northern Ireland international, has 3 A levels and has a place pending at Loughborough University. “Obviously I love playing football,” he says, “but I also realise that education is just as important for my future. I’d love a long career but nothing is guaranteed and I also have to prepare for my life after football.”
He conveyed these sentiments, along with the need to remain focused and determined to the audience of over 200 of his junior peers in the plush surroundings of the college’s purpose-built theatre before handing out a selection of awards to various teams and solo athletes.
Tracey Rogers, Sports and Outdoor Pursuits Manager at the college was overjoyed at Gorman’s attendance. “We are so grateful that Leyton Orient could attend the event and with such a wonderful presenter as Johnny. He said just the right things to help inspire our students and we would love to have him back again to reinforce the positive messages he spoke about.”