They took part in a Q&A session with pupils from Year Five and Six. Jake and Jamie answered questions about themselves; what it’s like to be a professional footballer, what inspires them and how they got to where they are today. As part of their essay writing class, the pupils will now work to construct up a fictitious story from the factual answers they heard.
Teacher Mr Morris said; “It’s great to get players to come in and talk to the children; it gives a real insight in to their lives and the discipline and hard work it takes to become a professional footballer. It’s particularly good to hear how they stay motivated through the ups and downs as that’s really something the pupils can take away and learn from.”
As part of the visit, Orient have promised the school tickets to a game later in the season with instructions to cheer on Jake and Jamie in particular!
Community Liaison Officer, Howard Gould, added; “It is a pleasure to attend after being invited to visit Roding Primary by an avid O’s fan! Kevin is passionate about the Club and appreciates the importance of the local community work undertaken. We are more than happy to pop in and meet the children and it was lovely to see so many hands up when asked if they have been to the Matchroom Stadium to watch a game. We regard these associations as the seeds planted for the future support of the Club”.
And Head of Facilities at the school, Kevin Ashwell, said; “The Club has done fantastic community work for years and I’ve known Howard for quite a while and have always wanted to get some players in to the school. When the opportunity arose, it was a no-brainer. I don’t know who was more excited; me or the kids!”