What Leyton's team spirit means for the local community
Using the power of sport and the reach of the football club, Leyton Orient F.C and Leyton Orient Trust aim to change lives by bringing the community together.
Often viewed as one of the most important parts of Leyton’s identity, Leyton Orient F.C have fully emerged themselves into the community. Not only does sport bring local people together but also it also gives locals a sense of hope, heightens community spirit and often creates the feeling of aspiration.
Leyton Orient Trust operates as the charitable part of Leyton Orient Football Club, delivering a range of engagement and development programmes to communities based in Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Redbridge. As a charity they aim to positively impact on the lives of East Londoners through sports, health, educational and leisure projects – it cannot be denied that this is just another example of the East End community coming together to positively impact the local area.
With a vision to ‘realise the potential of the community we serve and the people we engage with' and a mission to deliver and develop a range of programmes and interventions that are relevant, engaging and inspiring, since its creation in 1989 LOT has invested over £30 million in North and East London touching the lives of over 100,000 people in that time.
Working with a number of partners, LOT have delivered programmes including:
- Female Football Development Programme with the Premier League, FA, EFLT and the GLA
- Study Programmes for 14-19 year olds with Waltham Forest College
- Housing Estate Holiday Programmes with London and Quadrant Housing Association and Charlton Athletic
- Mental Health Treatment and Recovery Programme ‘Coping through Football’ with London Playing Fields Foundation and North and East London Mental Health Trust
- Schools Open Holiday Programme with the London Borough of Waltham Forest
- Schools Coaching Programme with the Premier League
However the club’s support doesn’t stop here as they also aim to develop healthier, happier and physically literate children who can excel in the classroom as well as on the sports field. Leyton Orient Trust run a number of initiatives to support local primary schools, aiming to improve pupil attainment, attendance and behaviour as well as creating knowledge of a healthy lifestyle and raising aspirations, pupil confidence, self esteem and emotional wellbeing. Most recently the club have developed a new school programme entitled Theo's Healthy HerO's, a programme that is tailored to each individual schools needs with the on-going help of Ofsted inspectors and head teachers.
Leyton Orient Trust also further positively impact the lives of East Londoners by offering free Leyton Orient match tickets for schools, player visits and the chance to become flag bearers if local schools sign up to the FREE LOPASS scheme (Leyton Orient Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme). As well as this, the clubs 50/50 community ticket scheme allows local community groups and affiliated clubs to watch the matches at a discounted rate while raising funds for their own groups.
Leyton Orient Trust utilises the power of sport and the reach of the football club in order to change lives – if you want more information or want to get involved, head to www.leytonorienttrust.org.uk/supportus/
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