Moses Odubajo was on hand at the Norlington Boys Secondary School presentation evening recently to help give out awards to students.
Every year the school has a presentation evening that celebrates its successes and it recognizes student’s achievements with a range of awards including P.E. and Sports Colours.
The young O’s player is a well known face at the school as this was the third year in a row that he has helped to hand out the awards, regularly held at the Waltham Forest Assembly Hall.
The Head of P.E. and Associate Assistant Head teacher Paul Hobbs explained, “The kids love Moses. It’s interesting that when he first came he was a youth player and was fairly unknown and last year we asked for him again and he was starting to break into the first team. Now this year he’s a regular and with Orient doing so well the kids absolutely love it.”
Hobbs said that having Moses hand out the awards gives the pupils more enjoyment in achieving as they get a treat as well as the award. “It’s a real incentive having a role model come and hand out their awards and it makes it more exciting for them,” he added.
Odubajo shared his views on the evening and his successful recent seasons. “It’s great to give back to the community. Some of the kids who are fans are linked to the club already which is great. It’s a good experience for me as a footballer too. Obviously it’s a great feeling when you walk in and so many people know who you are. Three years ago when I walked in no one knew who I was. It’s getting better every year; the kids are asking me to sign their shirts and even drumsticks! It’s exciting to be involved.”
The school is also part of the Leyton Orient Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme (LOPASS) and expressed its support of the O’s. Hobbs explained, “Lots of our kids have Orient season tickets as we really promoted the ‘Stand Up For The Orient’ season ticket offer and now our school percussion band perform on some match days. The kids have a strong understanding of Orient and we are very grateful to be part of the scheme. The players are terrific and really help cement the relationship.”