When Daniel Gordon from the BBC approached the O’s for a candidate to be interviewed by local students, young professional Sam Dalby stepped up and became a star for the day.
The BBC School Report project is an annual event now in its 11th year and encourages senior school students to set up interviews with local or national celebrities and film the process. These short films are then uploaded to the BBC school report website and ultimately viewed around the world!
This year, 900 schools were involved with organising, filming and producing stories with such diverse topics such as: Dr Who; issues surrounding mental health and the future of broadcasting.
Obviously, the current plight of Leyton Orient is huge news especially around the local community and so the students of Rushcroft School in Chingford decided to see just how the effect of the current owner is affecting the player’s and club as a whole.
Sam answered questions on how he started out as a footballer and stated that the team continued to work hard in adversity whilst Community Liaison Officer Howard Gould was also in the firing line, remaining optimistic regarding the future of the Club.
Prior to the formal interviews, Sam was asked to be filmed playing some football with the students to which he duly obliged.
“I was pleased to be asked to come along,” said Sam, “and thankfully the questions weren’t too tough. It wasn’t so long ago that I was a student and so I know how important it is to get help and support, especially in projects like this, so I was happy to help out.”
And Daniel Gordon, the BBC mentor supervising the project for the school, said, “Without the assistance from professionals like yourselves, the success of projects such as BBC School Report just would not happen. We are extremely grateful for your time and involvement and wish Leyton Orient all the best for the future.”
For more information on BBC School Report, check out the website here.