Now in its second season, the Leyton Orient Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme (LOPASS) welcomed one of its new members to the Matchroom Stadium recently. Led by Head of PE Tom Woolsgrove, The Royal Docks Community School from Newham came to visit with 15 of its Year 8 pupils who were allowed access to restricted areas such as the media gallery and home team changing room as well as pitch side via the players tunnel and a chance to sit at the Chairman’s table in the Boardroom.
“The scheme is a great idea and we’re glad to be part of it” said Tom. “We’ve already had a visit to the school from Lloyd James and Jake Larkins who ran a practical session for some of our football team, who thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are looking forward to visiting the training ground some time in the New Year”.
The scheme links the school with the football club offering privileges in return for exposure with the aim of attracting new and long term support from the pupils.
“To be linked with a professional football club in this way is beneficial all round,” added Tom, “as it brings a sense of reality to the ideas pupils have of how a football club is run and what players actually do away from playing. The stadium tour was really informative and we are looking to steadily grow out link with Leyton Orient in order for our students to continue to benefit from these initiatives.”