Leyton Orient FC is pleased to announce the launch of the ‘One Of Our Own’ matchday scheme which aims to support the ongoing success of the Leyton Orient Academy.
From Saturday’s game against Cambridge United onwards, all net proceeds taken from the following matchday areas will go directly to the Academy for dedicated use on selected projects, equipment and the general running of its successful operation:
Moving forward, proceeds from these areas will form a key part of funding the Academy so every additional programme sale, soft drink purchase or food item bought on match days at The Breyer Group Stadium will go directly to supporting the future talent coming through the ranks.
Over the years the Leyton Orient Academy has seen plenty of success stories with Nicky Shorey (Reading), Moses Odubajo (Brentford) and Gabriel Zakuani (Fulham) amongst those to attract moves up the league ladder, whilst recent times have seen Steve Alzate (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Michael Obafemi (Southampton) play in the Premier League and Josh Koroma (Huddersfield Town) in the Championship. The current O’s first team is also testament to the outstanding work of the Academy with no less than 10 graduates currently in Ross Embleton’s squad.
Academy Manager Lewis Spencer said, “The Club’s promotion back into the EFL last year secured our future as a Category 3 Academy and with it the immediate future of 118 talented young footballers across all age groups who are proud to pull on the Leyton Orient shirt each week.
“At present the Academy is a six-figure sum to run annually which is financed through EFL funding, donations and player sales, amongst other sources. Now, thanks to the ‘One Of Our Own’ matchday scheme, every additional pound spent by O’s fans in eligible areas will also directly contribute to the future success of the Academy, which will in turn hugely benefit the Club. That makes me incredibly proud.
Director of Football Martin Ling added, “The importance of a successful Academy for a club at this level is vital. Leyton Orient has a long and proud history in developing youth players and we remain committed to doing so whether that’s through our traditional Academy age groups or through more recent additions to our structure. This includes College Programmes for 16-18 year olds and Elite Development Centres which aim to provide a pathway for talented local youngsters with the right attitude and ability to progress from grassroots football to the Academy.
“It’s always a huge plus when a homegrown talent makes it into the first team and for Orient supporters to know they have been able to contribute towards the future of this through the ‘One Of Our Own’ scheme will add an ever greater sense of pride.”