On Tuesday 1 October, Leyton Orient Trust took Ross Embleton on an extra-special community visit back to his old school, St. Saviour’s Primary School in Walthamstow.
Ross visited two classes of Year 6 pupils. He talked about growing up in Walthamstow, his memories of supporting Orient, the area, and the school. He told the pupils about his career and his time at Leyton Orient, and gave the opportunity for the pupils to ask questions. He also spoke to the students about the importance of hard work in whatever task they are doing – Maths, English or Sport, to always do their best and give themselves the best opportunity to achieve.
Ross took with him the National League Trophy to tell the group about the team winning the league. After the talk, the children had the opportunity to have their photo taken with Ross and the Trophy.
Afterwards two pupils took Ross on a tour of the school – visiting new buildings, their trophy cabinet and the school alpacas that now live in the playground.
Ross said: “Visiting St. Saviour’s, my old Primary School, today was such a surreal but inspiring feeling for me. Speaking to the Year 6 children and hearing from them, and seeing for myself, how much the place has changed and improved – I remember the classrooms with chalk boards, now they have interactive screens! I also was very proud to tell them about winning the National League and showing off the Trophy too.”
The visit was part of the Leyton Orient Trust Premier League Primary Stars programme.