Midfielders Sammy Moore and Jack Payne were in Leytonstone recently facing a new sporting challenge – taking on the residents of Doreen Capstan House at Boccia!
As part of the Extra Time project delivered by the Leyton Orient Trust (LOT), the players had to swap their footballing skills for more hand to eye coordination as they joined in the bowling game although their professional will to win was still evident with Moore playing for the red team and Payne, the blue.
Jill Brown, Scheme Manager, said: “It’s been lovely having the player’s here. We’ve had a long association with Orient ever since the Extra Time project started about six years ago and we met Ben Chorley and George Porter and we have great memories of when Alex Revell came here as part of the NCS (National Citizen Service) project. The residents always enjoy the activities that Extra Time provides and the match tickets always go down well although we have to wait for the good weather!”
Although not playing strictly to the rules, the adapted Boccia games brought out the best in the O’s player’s but it was Sammy who stole the bragging rights with his team winning two games to nil.
Howard Gould, Community Liaison Officer, said, “When the project first started it was funded by the Football Foundation but once they ceased the support we’ve had to look elsewhere for the resources to keep it running. Thankfully it has survived and is an important part of our community outreach and maintaining our relationships with our older community members.
“The older generation have a wicked sense of humour and I’m sure the lads enjoyed themselves today. It’s great to see them out and about and getting involved with the local community in something they are probably not even aware of.”
And Sammy Moore said, “That was great, really enjoyed that! It was nice to meet the people here and to see just how much they appreciate the club popping in every week. They shared some memories too and seem to have had some really good times thanks to Howard and the Trust. We’ll definitely fancy it again!”
If you’d like more information on Extra Time or any of the Leyton Orient Trust community activities, please contact [email protected] or call 020 8556 5973