The Community Award recognised the contribution of all Leyton Orient first and youth team players’ in engaging effectively with the communities that the Trust works with including Primary Schools, young people in wider community settings; those on FE programmes and those taking part in helping improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Through the work of the Liaison Officer, who organises and sources visits, the players also work with the wider community including those in hospitals, care homes and hospices and others in acute need. One such engagement took place with a Food Bank Eat or Heat based in Walthamstow, where two first team players met the staff and went shopping on a low budget to help replenish the Food Bank’s stocks. Eat or Heat were also guests of the Club and undertook a bucket collection on a match day.
What does winning this award mean to the CCO?
It means a great deal. The Trust and the Club has worked really hard on improving not only the volume but also quality of the player engagements that it sets up. This has mainly been due to having a dedicated officer in post who works with the players, the Trust and the wider community to ensure that the opportunity is maximized. Recognition for this work is therefore most welcome.
From the Trustee Chair
We are honoured to be recognised by the National League Trust for the work that we do with Leyton Orient, its First Team and Youth Team Players and Coaches, which we have developed and invested in over the past few years. We are very proud of the sheer scope and range of opportunities that are created for the players to be engaged with, which reflects the wider work and networks that the Trust supports. Chair of Trustees Peter Argall.
How the £5000 prize money will help
The Trust is most grateful to the National League Trust for not only recognising its work with the club and players but also that there is a financial contribution. The funding received will be invested into supporting further liaison and engagement work bringing together the players and the local community.