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COMMUNITY: Local school brings carnival atmosphere to Tuesday matchday

25 October 2017

A local Leyton school were invited to provide the entertainment off the pitch recently when the George Mitchell steel band attended our Tuesday evening game versus Gateshead.

Creating a carnival atmosphere with their calypso drums and pans, the music students performed both prior to the kick off and during the half-time break to rounds of applause from the appreciative supporters surrounding them.

Subject Leader of Music at the school, Rosalyn Topping, said afterwards: “That was fantastic. The children are buzzing and so excited. That was their first ever public performance on such a stage and we can’t thank you enough for the opportunity. To play in front of over 3,000 people was so amazing and they have already asked when can they do it again?!”

Over the past few seasons the club has formed close relationships with a variety of schools around Waltham Forest, Hackney, Redbridge and more recently Tower Hamlets and in an effort to enhance the partnerships, schools are invited to showcase their talents. Last season we had the pleasure of the Norlington Boy’s School drum band and as a further development of this schools initiative, both of these particular schools organised players to go head-to-head in a half-time penalty shoot-out – the fourth consecutive season this has taken place. This time, Norlington taking the honours 3-2.

Howard Gould, LOFC Community Liaison Officer stated: “It’s important we create bonds within our local community and the pupils are our prospective future fans so it makes sense to offer them opportunities and experiences that they can take forward and hopefully those experiences and memories blossom into an affinity with the club and ultimately long-term support”.

If you belong to or know of a school that would like to showcase its talents at LOFC, please contact Howard on 0208 556 5973 or email h.gould@leytonorient.net.


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