The first of two events for O’s fans interested in being part of Leyton Orient Trust’s They Took The Lead initiative takes place on Saturday ahead of the club’s clash with Bristol Rovers.
The free workshop events will give fans the chance to find out more about the Trust’s project, which aims to tell the story of the club’s contribution to the First World War to hundreds of local school children and how to be part of it as a volunteer.
The project, launched in April, will initially see research undertaken on the 41 Clapton Orient players and staff who were part of the famous Footballers’ Battalion during the war. Ten Clapton Orient players, the most from any club in the country, were among the first to originally sign up. Three of them, Richard McFadden, William Jonas and George Scott died during the Battle of the Somme.
Volunteers will be part of a team of researchers and will get research training as well as a trip to the National Football Museum in Manchester to learn about football’s role in the conflict.
The research will be turned into a touring exhibition and visiting workshops at ten local schools in the New Year alongside a series of local history walks connected with the story. A website will also be developed with the exhibition due to go on display at the Matchroom Stadium later in the season.
To register and find out more about the workshops, which are being run by the Trust and Eastside Community Heritage contact [email protected]ch.org.uk or call 0208 553 3116.
Saturday August 29th, 1-2pm, Hall A, SCORE Centre, Oliver Road, E10 5JY
Saturday September 19th, 1-2pm, Hall A, SCORE Centre, Oliver Road, E10 5JY