On Wednesday January 23 2019, a group of students from the Leyton Orient Trust College Study Programme visited Leyton Orient Football Club’s training ground in Chigwell.
Community Liaison Officer, Howard Gould, gave the students a short tour of the facilities, including the gym, physio and medical room, followed by the opportunity to watch the first team warm-up and go through some practice drills.
After the tour, the students took part in a Q&A session with Ross Embleton, Assistant Coach, and met with Ketan Patel, Head Physiotherapist, and players Matt Harrold and Josh Coulson.
Lloyd Boateng, Leyton Orient Trust College Teacher, said: “In the College programme we really value our relationship with the Club, as it gives our students fantastic opportunities. During the visit we had access to see the players train up-close and had the opportunity to explore the facilities. These behind the scenes experiences really give the students an insight of what happens off the pitch, which helps bring the unknown lifestyle of a professional footballer into reality.”
Ali Ahmed, Student, Leyton Orient Trust, said: “It was a good trip, I liked it. It was good to learn about their daily routine and watch them play for a bit. It boosted my mentality up, I thought I didn’t have a chance in getting anywhere in football anymore, but after the talk, he made me feel as though I could still have a chance.”
For more information about the Leyton Orient Trust College Study Programme, please visit: www.leytonorienttrust.org.uk/furthereducation