CUTHBERT AND CLARKE ATTEND NORLINGTON OLYMPICS
Scott Cuthbert, Nathan Clarke and Theo the mascot visited Norlington School’s sports day to give out medals to the pupils and after accepting an invitation to take part in the teacher’s relay race, Theo even won a gold!
The sports day is Norlington’s version of the Olympics and was held at The Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Enfield and included events such as track races, relays, long jump, triple jump, high jump and shot put, those taking part being heartily cheered on by other members of their house groups. The O’s pair took the role of handing out the bronze, silver and gold medals to the finalists in each sport.
The duo then stood to congratulate each pupil once they had received their medals and they also took a trip along the cheering crowd with Theo to shake hands and have some photographs taken with the students once the formalities were over.
O’s captain, Clarke was pleased to be able to add something to the day. He said, “The students seemed to enjoy us giving them their medals. I remember it always being nice having guests in to present awards and medals when I was at school; it makes it that bit extra special, so hopefully it helped to spur the kids on to do as well as they could.”
It was also Clarke’s first involvement with Norlington School and he added, “It was a great day to come here for the first time and do something different and to get involved in their sports day. They worked really hard; it is good to see.”
Fellow defender Cuthbert said that he always enjoys coming to the sports days. “I’ve been coming to Norlington for three years now to help them with their work and visit them but it has been really nice this afternoon to see the whole school coming together to compete in a sports day.”
He added, “It is always nice when I come here and a few of them say that they’ve been to watch some of our games. It is nice that they appreciate it and it is great to give something back.”
Head of PE at the secondary boy’s school, Paul Hobbs, felt that the O’s pair made the pupil’s day more rewarding. He said, “The kids love getting the medals but it is even better to have professional footballers presenting them. This is the third year that Scott has been here and as well as coming to things like this, he has also come to help within classrooms and taken training sessions so many of our students have built a relationship with him.
“The LOPASS (Leyton Orient Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme) has really worked for us and has benefited us immensely over the past three years and our relationship with Leyton Orient continues to grow”.