As part of its continuing ethos to work across the local community and within all sectors, the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme’s (LOCSP) ‘Extra Time’ project presented its third piano recital last week, held at the Morley Centre in Billet Road, Walthamstow.
Howard Gould, LOCSP Development Coach explains. “Extra Time was introduced about five years ago as a Football Foundation (FF)/Sport Relief initiative and was specifically designed to help engage with the 55+ age group, offering sports and leisure opportunities coupled with a social environment all based around the football club. We were invited to take part and focused on local care homes, sheltered housing association residents and respite/day-care centres with great success.
“When the FF funding ceased we were fortunate enough to be chosen as the Waltham Forest Mayor’s charity of the year (2012/13) and money raised was ring-fenced for the project and will now allow us to continue the good work for at least another year.”
Activities delivered include Boccia, seated exercise sessions, Tai Chi, ICT classes, tea dances and piano recitals.
“I like to try and organise a social event about once a quarter, a couple of tea dances a year and as the original piano recital went down so well, we’ve repeated it. We also wanted to celebrate ‘Older People’s Day’ and this was an ideal opportunity. The Morley Centre is a regular venue for the project delivery and they are gracious enough to host the event, welcoming the other centres and serving delicious tea and cakes afterwards!”
Pianist and composer Iryna Gould, who trained at the Kiev Conservatory of Music, performed pieces by Mozart, Schumann and Chopin amongst others and also introduced her daughter Anastasia, aged 8, who played three solo pieces before both ended the recital with some duets.
Marion Cowell, scheme manager at the Morley Centre said afterwards, “The activities Howard provides have had a very positive effect on our service users. They always look forward to him coming in and delivering the Boccia sessions and we are more than happy to facilitate the recitals. They are always well attended and the music is marvellous. I’d like to thank Howard and Leyton Orient for continuing to think of us and long may it continue.”
The next ‘Extra Time’ Tea Dance is scheduled for December 18th. If you would like more details on this or any of the other projects run by LOCSP, please phone 0208 556 5973 or email [email protected]