Orient Fun Day
Towards the end of the season, LOFT's committee came up with some ideas for an Orient Fun Day, the last one of which was held in the summer of 2001. Our focus was that it should be a day for all Orient fans, young and otherwise, with a particular emphasis on activities for children such as coaching sessions. We approached the club with these ideas, as well as our suggestion of using the Leyton Orient Community Sports' Programme's SCORE facilities opposite the West Stand, and the result was the Fun Day held last Sunday 23 July.
The day was a fantastic success beyond our hopes and expectations; the club estimates that some 700 fans came along, and hundreds of children took part in the coaching sessions held by LOCSP staff and Orient players (as well as a seven(ish)-a-side game against the latter!). Children also had a chance to look inside a St John's Ambulance and Fire Engine, while the Supporters' Club opened its doors to all and no doubt did a roaring trade in the heatwave!
A Photo Gallery of the day can be viewed at the official site.
The day was rounded off with a four-way seven-a-side tournament between teams from LOFT, the Leyton Orientear, Birkbeck Orient and a Leyton Orient Supporters Veterans side. LOFT emerged unbeaten with 0-0 draws against the Veterans and BOFC, signing off with a 2-0 win over the 'Ear.
The Veterans side (though not many looked to fit that description!) won the tournament, and went on to play a team of Orient staff that included manager Martin Ling, assistant Dean Smith and youth team coach Andy Scott. The Veterans ran out 2-1 winners, with the O's staff goal scored by Lingy, who clearly enjoyed showing he still has the skills:
LOFT would like to thank everyone at the club and SCORE who worked hard in helping realise our vision for the day, with particular thanks to Lindsey Freeman, Matt Porter, Steve Dixon (seen below on the mic and passing the waters round), Neil Taylor, all the Orient players, and of course the supporters young and old that came along to enjoy the day.