The LPFF and Leyton Orient Trust

Anonymous 13 April 2015

Playing fields are where sport starts and for the gifted few they are where careers start and that is why LPFF and Leyton Orient Trust are such a good fit. The relationship between the two charities began in 1989 when the football club used the Foundation’s Douglas Eyre Sports Centre in Walthamstow as its training centre, Centre of Excellence and hub for its community activities.

Since then the partnership has helped to widen, increase and sustain sports participation through a number of initiatives including:
• Organising a vibrant mini soccer primary schools programme
• Creating a women’s football club with the full range of adult and youth teams
• Organising a full programme of holiday and after school coaching camps for young people
• Delivering a groundbreaking and award winning mental health project entitled Coping Through Football

Via its two large playing fields at Douglas Eyre Sports Centre and Peter May Sports Centre, the Foundation and Leyton Orient Trust have made a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of local people in Waltham Forest and beyond. The partnership has demonstrated that sport can make people healthier, provide routes into employment and training, bring communities together and encourage young people to join teams rather than gangs. As one of the oldest sporting charities in the country LPFF is rightly proud of its record but none of the achievements would have been possible without productive collaborations with organisations such as LOT who share the same values.