Aldersbrook Primary School in Wanstead has taken advantage of the accessibility of the club and its outreach work and recently welcomed team captain Nathan Clark and Samsung ‘Win-a-Pro’ winner Jack Sherratt to the school for the second time, on this occasion, the players helping with a reading class for the year 6 pupils.
Dean Gibson, Parent Support Advisor at the school, declared, “Were thrilled to be one of the eight schools for this year’s LOPASS. So far we have had two players’ visits, the first where Nathan and Jack held a training session for our girls football team along with posing for photos with Theo the mascot and the children from our early years. They also posed for photos with our boys football team.
“More recently they helped with a reading class, encouraging pupils to enjoy reading, especially the boys. To have professional footballers as role models is an incredibly strong tool.”
The scheme has linked the O’s with four primary and four secondary schools across three boroughs in an effort to raise the profile of the club amongst potential fans of the future. Howard Gould, Community Liaison Officer, said, “This is a great opportunity for the club to reach into schools and literally get the name of Leyton Orient into the pupils, their teachers and even their families minds! We are offering a real privileged access package in the hope that we can ultimately entice some new long-term supporters.”
Dean added, “We’re also looking forward to a stadium tour along with a possible visit to the training ground. It’s all really exciting and a tremendous opportunity for the children. We recently used the 50-50 fundraiser for the school, selling tickets for the Orient v Peterborough game that included some of our children parading with the flags before the kick-off and more taking penalties during the half time break. All the children involved said what a great experience they had.
“The total collected for the 50-50 was £900 and so we were very happy with our £450.00 which is being used to purchase a new school football strip and some money will purchase footballs and any left will go towards 2 table tennis tables that we are currently fundraising for. All in all, the scheme is brilliant and one I’m really happy we are privileged to be part of. The school has benefits from all that is offered and I know for sure that there are already some new Orient supporters in the pipe line.”
If you would like more information on the LOPASS or 50-50 schemes, please contact Howard Gould on 0208 556 5973 or email [email protected]