Although results didn’t quite go our way on the pitch during September, off the field the players continued to take part in a variety of community engagements.
Bradley Pritchard and Alan Dunne were invited to answer questions and give an insight into their life before football including the importance of education to the 100 or so new students attending their Leyton Orient Trust BTEC in Sports induction in the Gallery at the club.
At the training ground, members of Waltham Forest Council were incorporating the help of a number of players for their new awareness video relating to the White Ribbon Campaign – a message to end violence by men towards women and girls.
As part of the Leyton Orient Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme (LOPASS), local primary school, George Mitchell, had the pleasure of three O’s stars when Sammy Moore, Connor Essam and Jack Payne popped into to face a school assembly followed by a visit to classrooms. Questions included ‘who is the toughest opponent you have faced?’ and without pause, Sammy had no qualms in mentioning the battle he had opposite Steven Gerrard when he was playing for Gillingham last season!
And much credit must go to third year scholar Jack Humphrey who represented the club at the Norlington School’s annual awards ceremony held at the Walthamstow Civic Centre on the evening of Wednesday 30th including presenting the awards on stage to those pupils excelling in sports.
Howard Gould, Community Liaison Officer, said, “I’m glad to say all the lads are aware of the importance of their presence in the community and of the impact they make when appearing at the varied and diverse appointments they are asked to attend. There is a great atmosphere around the club at the moment and supporters’ knowing the players are ‘out and about’ really does enhance the bond. The hash tag ‘#together’ couldn’t be more apt at the moment.”