The Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme (LOCSP) continues to go from strength to strength. In this article we take a look at some of the current exciting initiatives for local youngsters.
Sport and Learning Hub
LOCSP is currently delivering a series of exciting and innovative full time education and sport courses for young people aged 16 – 18 in conjunction with the Football League Trust and Waltham Forest College. Through these courses, students complete BTEC Sport Level, 1,2 and 3 courses combined with practical sports sessions. The courses are delivered in the Leyton Orient Education Centre in the media room within the West Stand and in the excellent sports facilities of the Score Centre sent on Oliver Road opposite the stadium.
The LOCSP two year Futsal Scholarship course currently has 19 participants who represent Leyton Orient in a fortnightly South East England league with an A and B team squad playing matches against the likes of Southend United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Stevenage, Crystal Palace, and Ipswich Town based at the Score Centre’s international futsal arena.
Students study for a BTEC Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma, equal to 3 A levels for ten hours per week on an online learning platform at the club and train and play matches for another eight hours.
A lot of football fans have heard of futsal but might be unsure what it actually entails. Futsal is a fast paced indoor five-a-side game developed in Brazil and widely played in Europe that focuses on passing, dribbling and movement with a weighted size 4 ball to encourage skills development amongst players that can be transferred into the 11-a-side game. All club results, match reports and player profiles are highlighted on the league website http://tvseducation.com/club/leyton-orient/
‘A’ team player Theodore Thomas said: “It’s great to combine my education with playing futsal for my local team and I really enjoy the buzz of competing against other league clubs for the O’s.
“It would be great if we could get into the national finals in Birmingham at the end of the season. I’m also hoping to gain a distinction in my BTEC Sport course and this will give me the opportunity to go onto future studies within Higher Education.”
Course leader Alan Blackman commented: “We are giving a unique opportunity for young people to combine an advanced academic full time course with quality coaching and playing opportunities.
“The online learning platform we use enables students to study at their own pace and complete work in our club classroom and at home giving them independent learning skills. Hopefully we can prepare them for a career in the sports and leisure industry and for some to play futsal at a national and international level.”
New courses and recruitment 2013-14
As a result of the success of the current courses LOCSP is looking to recruit new full time students aged 16 -18 for its new course programmes from September 2013. This includes multi sports and coaching courses at Level 1 and 2, Futsal Scholarships and also for the first time a Basketball Scholarship where players will represent Leyton Orient in the London British Colleges League. The Community Programme has been running a series of Open Days at the club to outline the courses and involve participants in coaching session with the next event being held at the Score Centre on Sat April 27 from 11.30 – 1.00pm.
All signed up participants will receive free tickets for the Leyton Orient v Oldham match KO 3.00pm. Basketball Scholarship trials will held at Score on April 4 and 11 from 1.00 – 4.00pm – please contact Mike Speranza at email@example.com
Leyton Orient 11-a-side Youth Performance Squad
This year the Community Sports Programme is working closely with Leyton Orient FC’s Academy to provide an opportunity for talented 11-a-side footballers who would like to combine education with playing football with the O’s. Players would study for a year for the BTEC Sport Level 2 qualification and be coached by the club’s Academy staff and play weekly matches against other Football League Community Trust teams representing Leyton Orient FC.
Club trials for this programme are to held at The Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton on April 10 and May 4.
Players must be 16 -18 and played youth football at a high standard. To book a trial please provide your contact details to LOCSP - Office Manager Jusnara Motin Jusnara.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on any courses please contact Andree Selner or Alan Blackman on 02085565973, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org