Dean Cox and Harry Lee went back to school last week to support Leyton Orient’s latest community venture.
In association with Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme (LOCSP), and as part of the Leyton Orient Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme (LOPASS), Leyton Orient offered their support in the form of donating sports kit and clothing to George Mitchell All-Through School for their upcoming trip to Regeza Mwembo School in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Back in 2011, George Mitchell All-Through School was selected by the British Council and Youth Sports Trust to participate in the International Inspiration project. This forms part of the promise made by our government when they were chosen to host the Olympics and Paralympics in London 2012.
The school, based in Leyton, has already had teachers from both faculties visiting one another but George Mitchell have now kindly given four of its teachers the opportunity to deliver a literacy project to the pupils of Regeza Mwendo during the October half-term break and Leyton Orient have donated new kit to give to the under privileged pupils at the Zanzibar school.
Head of P.E. Tom Collier explained, “We are visiting Regeza Mwendo School for a week to teach the children there English and literacy by using sports as our medium. We’d like to thank Leyton Orient for donating this marvelous box full of kit. It will be fantastic for them and will give them opportunities that they would never get otherwise”.
Dean Cox and Harry Lee went to present the kit donations and were surrounded by the new Year 7 students at the school. The pupils were able to ask them questions and were even treated to a showcase of kick ups from Cox and Lee, who received a great cheer for his ‘around the world’!
Cox showed his support of the donations from Orient, saying, “It is great to be involved in helping anyone and it is great what Orient have done to provide kit for the pupils in Tanzania. It is a good feeling to be part of it.” He added, “It’s a very worthwhile cause and it’s nice for the club to go into the school and see the kids here and to be able to give the kit to kids in Africa that aren’t as fortunate.”
It was Harry Lee’s first trip to George Mitchell School. He said, “Being involved with the LOCSP is really good for Orient and its great for the kids. I haven’t done many school visits as I’m new to the squad but I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Some of the pupils of George Mitchell School shared their views on the day. Ayeesha, aged 11, said, “People in Tanzania do not often get things so as Orient have given them football kit it will help them and the pupils of their school might even want to become footballers!”
Daniel, another year 7 student shared his excitement on meeting the O’s pair; “It was great because we have had the opportunity to meet our local hero’s and to hear about their stories helps us and they help the society. It has been brilliant having them here.”
We will continue the story once Tom and his colleagues return.
For more information on George Mitchell All-Through School, please visit www.georgemitchellschool.co.uk