Tuesday 29 December 2009


Just before Christmas SCORE was the home for the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme (LOCSP) Community 6-a-Side Football Tournament in association with the British Army.

With LOCSP continuing to work with the British Army on a number of levels through a variety of initiatives, this Army-funded day celebrated this partnership and LOCSP's engagement with young people throughout 2009.

The tournament featured over 120 participants from Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Hackney from a wide mix of ethnicities, religions and postcodes. Many of the youngsters had never played in an organised tournament, let alone on a full-size Astroturf.

The day saw two 6-a-side competitions for boys and girls, one at U12 level and one at U16. Alongside these tournaments Army Officers were on hand to offer advice and support as well as guiding youngsters through the special Army ‘Reaction Station’ – a device which involves hitting different lit-up pads to test reflexes over 45 seconds with points given for accuracy.

Prizes were on offer for winners and runners-up in both age group competitions, points winners in the Reaction Station, MVP awards for players who showed good sportsmanship. In addition, Army t-shirts, key rings and water bottles were given out to each participant.

The U12 final saw the North London Muslim Community Centre team (NLMCC) from Hackney beat Noor-ul-Islam from Waltham Forest and the U16s tournament saw NLMCC beat Kelmscott from Waltham Forest whilst U12 participant Abdal Khan won the reaction competition.

Participant Hafis Ahmed, 10, from Waltham Forest said:

“I never played a tournament before and we got into the finals on my first time, even though I lost it was the best day I had playing football'.

Shamajul Motin, LOCSP Community Development Manager said:

“The Army’s support has not only helped to aid us to deliver such a competition but I also felt it helped break down the perceived barriers that young people have to their understanding of what the British Army is all about - which can be negative at times.

“Throughout the day young people were talking to Army Officers and having good banter with them.

“Today was a great day out for everyone and we welcome anyone who wishes to supports us like the British Army have done today in providing tournaments like this.”


Thursday 24 December 2009


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Wednesday 2 December 2009



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Kelmscott schoolboy Rayhill Dhansey excels on Supporter to Reporter programme

By Mhairi Macfarlane

A SCHOOLBOY became a reporter for the day during a London 2012 project.

Rayhill Dhansey, a pupil at Kelmscott School in Walthamstow, is one of 41 teenagers in the borough taking part in the Supporter to Reporter (S2R) programme, which aims to give young people confidence and skills by reporting on sports events.

Rayhill has been part of the project for six months, receiving training at BBC Television Centre and taking part in a reporting trip to Canada to explore the legacy left by the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary.

He was also selected from the 250 young people taking part as Reporter of the Month.

The 16-year-old reported at the 2012 third annual Pierre de Coubertin lecture, where he interviewed Olympic athletes Kriss Akabusi and Jonathan Edwards.

He said: “It has been really interesting and has given me insight into radio and television broadcasting and interviewing people.

Canada was the best experience I've ever had and my confidence has built up. I used to be shy but now I can open up to people and it has benefited me in school too."

For more information visit www.radiowaves.co.uk/s2r for more details.

Rayhill published a written report, as well as a video and audio report on Monday's event. Here is his report:

Puttnam Points Out Our Olympic Values

By Rayhill Dhansey

The London 2012 third annual Pierre de Coubertin lecture was presented by London’s Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)in association with the British Olympic Foundation.

It was on Monday, November 30, at The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Oscar Winning director, Lord Putnam delivered the main speech highlighting the work that is being done to broaden the humanity, cultural and community spirit aspect of the Games, and the wider benefits London 2012 will provide.

Celebrities such as former Olympians Jonathan Edwards and Kriss Akabusi spoke at the event, which is the third of its kind.

Lord Puttnam, produced one of the greatest Olympic films of all time, Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Oscar. This film shows what films and the arts can do to publicise sports and bring people to love and enjoy sports.

Remember back to Lord Coe’s successful London 2012 bid? It was all about reaching young aspiring athletes and inspiring a generation, London 2012 was to be the games that achieved this dream.

Lord Puttnum spoke about how this is happening internationally and locally. Lets hope we can continue to make this dream a reality, London 2012 and beyond.

Rayhill was attending the event as part of Supporter to Reporter, a London 2012 Inspire Mark Project, based in Leyton Orient, that provides young people with opportunities to learn journalism skills.

See www.radiowaves.co.uk/s2r for more details.


Friday 27 November 2009


Steve Jones, 15, has been shortlisted for an award in the Hero of London Category at the inaugural Spirit of London Awards, being held at Alexandra Palace on Friday 27th November.

Steve has been shortlisted with two others for the Hero of London award at the ceremony which takes place tonight at Alexandra Palace.

Steve, from the Golden Lane Estate in the east of the City of London, is captain of the Community Charter Standard club LOASS at U16's level and during his school holidays regularly volunteers his time to work with the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme and the Fulham FC Football in the Community Programme. He is also a qualified London FA Referee and Mentor.

He is a keen all round sportsperson, regularly swimming with Anaconda Swimming Club, in Islington and playing rugby league, in the Summer, with the Brixton Bulls U/16's. He also represents the City of London in the London Youth Games in the Aquathlon and Judo.

Since 2005 Steve has raised around £3500 for various charities, including Leukaemia Care running in the London Mini-Marathon and on three occasions for the Lord Mayors Appeals in the City Dip, swimming 5000 metres (3 miles). He is currently helping to raise money with LOASS FC for the BBC Children in Need appeal.

Steve and his Dad visited Downing Street yesterday to meet the PM ahead of the awards.

For more information on the awards, go to www.spiritoflondonawards.com.

To see a short video on Steve prepared by the Spirit of London awards team:


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Good Luck Steve!


Thursday 26 November 2009


LOASS / LOCSP Press Release: Monday 30 November


LOASS win Charter Standard Youth Club of the Year

By Dominique Hume, First Year BA (Hons) Sports Journalism Degree student, University of East London.

Wednesday night saw Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium play host to the London Football Association’s (FA) Fourth Annual Awards evening.

The awards (2006-present) previously hosted at Soho Square and Millwall’s ground, The New Den, were conceived to honour those who have made a significant contribution to the development of football in London. Many of those who received awards are volunteers.

Steve Bartlett picked up an award for his work with disabled footballers in Hackney and the Leyton Orient Advanced Soccer School (LOASS) won the Charter Standard Youth Club of the Year award.

Formed in 1997 LOASS provides a direct link between the local football-playing community and Leyton Orient FC through its 13 teams and is supported by Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme (LOCSP) and the University of East London (UEL).

The night’s youngest winner, Ian Wood, accompanied by his father Andrew, won the ‘Workforce Under 18’ award for his coaching role with Charlton Athletics’, Junior Reds Football Team.

“It’s brilliant to get this award, I’m over the moon” said the young coach. “It helps to increase your confidence when coaching and I’m now looking forward to doing my Level One coaching badge”.

Diane Culligan was also a proud recipient after receiving an award for her outstanding contribution to female football. Diane, who is connected to Hampstead Ladies and a qualified referee, also received a signed England Ladies shirt.

“Its lovely to receive this award from the London FA” said Diane. When asked if she thought female football could carry progressing, she replied “There are lots of girls wanting to play and if we put our heads together and work together then it will happen”

Josie Clifford, Development Officer at the London FA and former England player, described the awards evening as a chance to “give back something to football’s key supporters”.

For more information about LOASS please contact Steve Jones on 07815 764808, email loass_secretary@hotmail.com or visit http://loass.intheteam.com/.

For more information about the London FA please contact Josie Clifford LFA Football Development on 020 7610 8360.

Award Winners:



Charter Standard Coach of the Year

Richard Braham

Charter Standard Administrator of the Year

Phil Leeds

Charter Standard Development club of the Year

Junior Reds

Charter Standard Youth Club of the Year


Charter Standard Community Club of the Year

Phoenix Sports Club

Male Fair Play Award

Waterloo under 13’s

Female Fair Play Award

Long Lane under 14’s

Charter Standard Female Club of the Year

Parkwood Rangers

Outstanding Contribution to Female Football

Diane Culligan

Football Workforce U18

Ian Wood

Football Workforce U25

Chris Roberts

Football Workforce

Julia Town

Football Workforce

Glen Laing

Football Workforce

Yakup Huseyin

Football Workforce

Mark Pearson

Football Workforce

Chris Dickenson

Football Workforce

Dennis O’ Connor

Education Partner of the Year

Graham Swann

Education Partner of the Year

John Larter

Contribution to Development of Refereeing

Jeff Pettitt

Disability Partnership

Steve Bartlett

North London Partnership of the Year

Michael MacNeil

South London Partnership of the Year

Sally Dolan

Special Partnership Award

Sarah Mawle

Special Partnership Award

Derek Bennett