Leyton Orient first year scholar Sam Dalby, 16, made his first appearance in the community as a representative for the club when he appeared at a local senior schools awards evening last week.
Situated in Leyton, Norlington School for Boys was a founder member of the Trust’s LOPASS (Leyton Orient Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme) initiative and Sam followed in the footsteps of first team players who have attended the prestigious event for the past six years including the likes of Moses Odubajo and Nathan Clarke.
Taking place at the Waltham Forest Civic Hall, Sam was invited to present the PE and sports awards.
Former Head of PE and currently Deputy Headteacher, Paul Hobbs said: “Sam played for my Essex Schools Representative side that won the National Cup at the Madjeski Stadium (Reading FC) in 2014, playing as a goalscoring midfielder for the county side. As a friend of Miguel DeSouza (Head of Youth Recruitment at LOFC), I arranged for Sam to come down and train with the academy and from there he hasn’t looked back.
“It is fantastic to see him doing so well. I invited him along as he is an excellent role model for our young men. He is a talented footballer and also worked extremely hard achieving 10 A*/A grades in his GCSE’s.”
Dalby, now playing as a striker, is currently part of the unbeaten O’s youth team, scoring six times in his eight appearances so far and is highly regarded at the club.
Howard Gould, Community Liaison Officer, said, “We have a great relationship with Norlington school and Paul (Hobbs) works hard to maintain a presence of local community within the school and that includes involving Leyton Orient as much as possible.
“He usually requests players he may have taught or coached and Sam was the ideal choice this year as academically he attained exceptional results whilst combining that with working on his football career – an excellent role model.
“We all wish Sam well on fulfilling his dreams and hope to see him in an O’s first team shirt regularly in the not too distant future.”