Next week marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of SCORE and Leyton Orient Trust being based there. O’s fans are being encouraged to get involved in the birthday celebrations by taking part in a range of special activities run by the Trust.
Since opening its doors in 2005 SCORE, which is owned by Waltham Forest Council with the sports facilities operated by the Trust, has improved the lives of local residents and over 3,000 local people use it every week for everything from beach volleyball to street dance.
Over 75 organisations use it as their base including local schools, colleges, faith groups, sports clubs, community groups and health partners.
The Club has also been a major user of the facilities opposite the Matchroom Stadium since 2005 with the Academy training every weekday evening and both the First and Youth teams using it for pre-season training.
SCORE, which took six years to plan, fund and build was also used as training base for the US Olympic judo, volleyball and boxing teams during the 2012 games and has been praised by a number of high profile visitors including former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Duchess of Cornwall, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and IAAF President Seb Coe.
Activities taking place at SCORE next week to celebrate the anniversary include:
• A special free half-term Theo’s Gang soccer session from 11am to 1pm
• Boccia Extra Time session from 1-3pm for the over 60s
• A free session of Soccerscise, a new keep fit and circuits class for women and girls over 16 from 6-7pm
Thursday’s activities include:
• Walking Football, a slower paced form of the game for over 50’s from 11am-12pm
• The Laurie Cunningham Cup, a neighbourhood youth football tournament in memory of the former O’s and England star.
• The week will end with a day of sporting and cultural activities for young people from the Noor UI Islam mosque in Leyton.
Leyton Orient Trust staff are also getting involved by attempting a series of health challenges throughout the week in the build up to O’s game against Accrington Stanley next Saturday where fans will be able to get free health checks at SCORE as part of an initiative between the Trust and the University of East London.
Neil Taylor, Chief Executive, Leyton Orient Trust said:
“SCORE is central to our aim of improving the lives of disadvantaged Londoners and over the last 10 years thousands of people of all ages and sections of the local community have come through its doors and benefitted from the diverse range of programmes and activities on offer. The week is a celebration of that but also an opportunity for local people and O’s fans to take part in an activity and experience SCORE for themselves.”
To sign up for the Soccercise and Walking Football sessions taking place as part of SCORE week e-mail Phillip.Smith@leytonorienttrust.org
You can keep up to date with SCORE week by following @lotrust on twitter using the #SCORE10