Leyton Orient are delighted to unveil a new club ambassador programme, which will have key figures named our Community Champions.

The O’s are delighted to say that club legends Alan Comfort, Peter Kitchen and Errol McKellar are the first to be revealed as our Community Champions.

“We are delighted to be working alongside these club legends and the Community Trust to expand our community programmes,” said Danny Macklin, Chief Executive of Leyton Orient.

“This will naturally be more challenging with COVID-19 restrictions but we are excited at the plans we have in place.”

“In the diverse community of Waltham Forest, and further afield, we are keen to further expand our reach and engagement, which this programme will help us achieve.”

The roles of Community Champions will be varied, seeing them accompany players for school visits, care home/hospital visits, community event appearances, and much more on the agenda.

THE CHAMPIONS

Alan Comfort made 150 appearances for Orient, scoring 46 goals and playing a key part of the promotion to the Third Division in the 88/89 season. Alan became a Church of England Priest in the mid-90’s, and has served Leyton Orient as the Club Chaplain.

Also written into Orient folklore is Peter Kitchen. Peter’s contribution to the club’s FA Cup semi-final run, including the famous win at Chelsea was an astounding one. He scored 21 goals in the 1977/78 season, and a total of 49 in his 114 appearances.

Errol McKellar MBE has long been commended for his important work for Prostate Cancer UK, and in October of 2020 was awarded an MBE for his work.

In 2014 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Club for his services to the Academy, which he has served in a variety of roles for over 20 years as well as working on many charity and community events for his Errol McKellar Foundation.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, community programmes have had to be suspended – however the club and our new Community Champions are excited to be back in action once safe to do so.

To find out more about the Leyton Orient Trust, visit https://www.leytonorienttrust.org.uk

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