Leyton Orient’s continued relationship with Norlington School when taking some special guests over to Lee Valley Athletics Centre for the students’ annual sports event.
Norlington is a school for boys aged 11-16, with a mixed academically focused sixth form, based in Waltham Forest. They have been running this event for the past six years, and Orient have been keen to support them during this time.
O’s defender Aron Pollock and mascot Theo were in attendance to represent the club, who have previously witnessed some young talent from the school go through the youth ranks at Orient.
On arrival, the huge blue track was lined on one side by a sea of enthusiastic children cheering on the athletes. They were separated into their respective houses, and competed in events ranging from the relay to high jump. The competitive nature was clear as the scores were met with a huge roar from the stands.
Pollock, who took part in a competition at this venue during his school days, spent time presenting medals to the athletes on the podium. Lots of school records were being set, with some competitors collecting several medals for their efforts.
However, attention swiftly turned to Theo who took time to pose for photos with the younger children, who were extremely excited to see him. Keeping with tradition, Theo was invited to take part in a race with a selection of the athletes. This was an extremely entertaining watch as Theo emerged victorious, and he certainly made the most of his celebration!
Paul Hobbs, Associate Assistant Principal at Norlington School said: “This is always one of my favourite days of the school year.
“This is our sixth year using this facility, and it’s the sixth year that we’ve involved Leyton Orient. We have a lot to do with Leyton Orient, they give us tickets for games, we’ve had players come into school and work with different groups, and every year we’ve had players who have come down to meet the athletes and to give medals. It’s nice to have that connection with our local club.”