As part of this year’s Kick It Out activities, the young people from the Priory Court estate in Walthamstow E17 participated in a variety of fun football activities at their local session. The training including a number of different small sided games and penalty shoot-outs. Session coaches Jamal Willer and Maamoon Khan also took time out to explain and discuss with the participants the reasons behind the week of action and promoted the Kick It Out awareness message. Alongside the learning, as always, a fun time was had by all.
Leyton Orient Trust Coach Maamoon Khan, who is also a resident of this area, stated, “The community within this area is very diverse which is demonstrated by all the different ethnicities who attend the sessions each week. The Kick It Out campaign helps to reinforce the value of difference and respect to the players in a fun environment. These coaching sessions and facility is a valuable part of the young people’s week and we enjoy coaching them and seeing them develop during the evenings and holidays.”
The young people were also invited to be the flag bearers and guard of honour for the game against MK Dons, supported by local councillors including Stewart Emmerson, Council Leader Chris Robbins and Council Chief Executive Martin Esom.
Leyton Orient Trust in partnership with housing association Circle 33 have been delivering sports engagement programmes on the Priory Court estate since 2002 and have engaged in excess of 1000 unique young people from within that ward. In main, sessions have been delivered utilising the multi-use games area situated in front of the local community centre. Trevor Duberry commented, “We are committed to supporting the partnership with the development of the community centre and sports play areas and continued delivery of programmes to residents that changes lives”.
Also pictured with the children, councillors and player’s holding the Kick It Out banner are Neil Taylor, Chief Executive and Trevor Duberry, Creating Opportunities Manager from the Leyton Orient Trust, showing their support.