The group of 15 Learners from the BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure visited the training ground. The trip was part of their employability module exploring the different roles and working environments in sport, and also understanding the day to day life of a footballer.
The learners watched the first team and the youth team in their training game as well as drills with the goal keepers.
Michael Clark, Henry Ochieng, Freddy Moncur, Christian Scales, Romuald Boco, Jamie Sendles-White, Charley Barker and Aron Pollock were on hand afterwards in the club house to answer questions. Learners asked advice about nutrition, exercises to improve skills as well as the player’s personal motivations and inspirations.
Lloyd Boateng, Level 1 BTEC Teacher, said: “The Learners had an amazing experience. To sit down and participate in a questions and answers session with their sporting role models is very inspirational. The Learners’ aspirations have definitely been challenged and raised.”
Dillion, Level 1 BTEC Learner, said: “It was the first time I had been to the Leyton Orient training ground. It was really good to look around and watch the first team players train. Even though I didn’t ask a question, the Q&A session at the end was really useful as it was good to hear their opinion on things. I think today will help me in my studies, but also motivate me as I’d like to be a coach when I’m older.”
The College study programme is delivered in partnership with Waltham Forest College. To find out more about Leyton Orient Trust and their courses visit: www.leytonorienttrust.org.uk/furthereducation