A selected cohort of students from the Leyton Orient Trust’s BTEC Sports and Leisure programme journeyed to the O’s training ground in Chigwell to pick the brains of O’s first team manager Danny Webb who, just three years ago, was tutoring a similar group on that very programme, then including current first teamer Sandro Semedo!
Danny spoke for 45 minutes, answering a variety of questions on health, fitness and training methods as well as more personal questions including how his father, ex-Chelsea legend David Webb, had influenced his career.
Class teacher Andrew Griffiths said: “The students thoroughly enjoyed putting the new gaffer under pressure and asking him some tough but interesting questions which Danny answered honestly, giving us some great insight into his career and his philosophy as a coach and now manager.
"Some of the stories he shared could be related to the units of study we cover on our BTEC Sport courses which came in very useful for us as teachers to refer back to. All of the students in attendance were delighted they had the opportunity to speak with the new man in charge and were able to gain a lot of knowledge from the meeting, which will hopefully help them with their studies and show them that hard work pays off. We would all like to wish Danny and the team good luck in the remaining games this season.”
Student Sam Turnnidge added: “It was great to see what happens inside a professional football clubs training facility. The talk we had with Danny meant I could ask and learn about what professional coaches and footballers do in training.
"Danny gave us some really good advice about our diet compared to a professional footballers and also spoke about the jump from academy football to the pro game which was great. We also had the opportunity to speak to one of the injured players, Liam Kelly who spoke about his rehabilitation and coming back from injury. I really enjoyed it.”
Following the Q&A session, the group then toured the facility, popping into the gym and bumping into Liam Kelly who was continuing his rehab in the medical room.
Another student and Leyton Orient fan Robert King said, “Visiting the training ground was good as being a Leyton Orient fan it was good to see the facilities the players train in and also meeting the current manager to see how football has had an impact from playing to coaching.”
Whilst fellow learner, Luke Boyle-Reader, commented, “Visiting Leyton Orient's training ground was an opportunity that I had to take. It was a once in a lifetime chance to visit and as a supporter was massive - seeing some of the players & new manager Danny Webb. It was a privilege to speak to Danny and was glad that he took time out of his busy day to speak to us!”
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