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COMMUNITY: Premier League trophy visits the O's

31 October 2017

Earlier this month the O’s played host to the Premier League Trophy. The visit was part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

Leyton Orient Trust, who delivers the Premier League Primary Stars programme in schools, invited local schools to experience a tour of the Matchroom Stadium with a surprise viewing of the trophy. Students from Malmesbury, Barclay, Ainslie Wood and Mission Grove Primary Schools, learnt about the history of the Club, visited the changing rooms and hospitality suites before being surprised by seeing the trophy standing pitch side.

After the tour, coaches from Leyton Orient Trust and the Premier League delivered a lesson about resilience. During this lesson the students were asked to write a poem about resilience, drawing from their experiences in sport or other part of their lives. The lesson was inspired by the poem ‘Try, try again’ which features in the Premier League Primary Stars TV Advert. Entries will now be submitted into the Premier League Writing Stars Challenge that is currently taking place across the country.  

Leonard Idowu, Teacher, Ainslie Wood School said; “Today has been great as the pupils are learning about poetry in class at the moment, so it really helps them relate to that work. It’s such a treat for the school football team to come to the stadium too, as this where they aspire to be when they’re older.”

Elliot Scott, PE Teacher, Barclay Primary School said; “After today the students will have more material for their writing. A lot of the time when they are in lessons they are asked to write about experiences they’ve had, so I think after today having the chance to write about this will really benefit their stories and show through in their writing.”

Phill Smith, Head of Health and Wellbeing at Leyton Orient Trust said; “As part of our work at Leyton Orient Trust we deliver the Premier League Primary Stars programme in schools which aims to support teachers and inspire pupils not only around physical activity but within the classroom too. We have been so proud to host the Premier League trophy at Leyton Orient to give students a unique experience that will hopefully inspire them in the classroom, and beyond.”

In the morning, the trophy visited Snaresbrook Primary as the school won a prize via the Premier League Primary Stars programme. As well as students having their photo taken with the trophy, coaches from Leyton Orient Trust delivered practical and classroom based sessions in-line with the core values of the Premier League: ‘Be Ambitious, Be Connected, Be Fair and Be Inspiring’.


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