The O’s players took individual coaching sessions with the pupils, Lloyd James participated in shooting and passing drills and Jake Larkins shared his goalkeeping skills and warm ups, then everyone participated in a penalty shoot out.
The head of P.E for the school, Tom Woolsgrove said that having James and Larkins come to the school is inspiring for the youngsters, “We have just started our relationship with Orient, we have done this so that our students can get a feel about what it is like to be a professional footballer but most importantly as inspiration for them.”
He continued to explain that some of the students involved are keen footballers and that they will take a lot from the experience, “We have got some of the school team goalkeepers who aspire to be professionals. The year 7’s won the Newham 5 a side Championships without having a goal scored against them so this is a reward for them.”
He continued to say how pleased he is with the new connection with Orient, “We are really grateful to the club for their support and for Lloyd and Jake coming here, we are really happy to have them.”
This was the first time that James and Larkins had visited the school and they both enjoyed their first visit. James spoke about how enjoyable it is to see the kids having fun, “It’s good to come and get involved and see them enjoying themselves. They were a pleasure to work with and it was nice seeing them all having a good time.”
Larkins meanwhile liked working with the goalkeepers of the school team and he received positive feedback from the students, “They all said that they enjoyed the day, they all worked well and it was great to see possible upcoming players.”
One of the students that was involved, Andrio Inacia said how much he would like the O’s to come back and visit the school again, “I’ve enjoyed it, we have done passing and shooting today and its helped me because I want to be in a first team one day. I would like them to come back again, I think more people would get involved after today.”
Argen Toshi is a year 7 student said that the coaching was a great opportunity for them all, “Its really good, my friends would want to do it aswell if they came back again, I want to be a footballer one day so it was good for me. I really liked the shooting with them.”