Search

Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust nominated for “Outstanding Serves to Sport” award at Feel Good Waltham Forest Sports Awards

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 October 2017

Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road home (pic: Play With A Legend).

Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road home (pic: Play With A Legend).

Mathew Parri Thomas 2016

Chairman Doug Harper pleased to see their efforts recognised while Leyton Orient Trust also receive nomination for “Man v Fat” initiative

The Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust (LOFT) has been nominated for “Outstanding Services to Sport” at the annual Feel Good Waltham Forest Sport Awards for its role in the campaign to save the club during the traumatic 2016-17 season.

The awards, run by Waltham Forest Council, aim to acknowledge inspirational sports figures in the borough – from budding young sports stars to those who have helped others enjoy getting active and reaching their potential to those who have helped promote and campaign for sport in the community. LOFT has been nominated in the Outstanding Service to Sport category.

The fans’ trust was at the forefront of the fight to save the club from the disastrous mismanagement of former owner Francesco Becchetti, under whom the club were served with a winding-up order and were relegated from the Football League in May.

LOFT organised public meetings, demonstrations and fund-raising events, represented shareholders and creditors in court and rallied support and publicity for Orient’s plight throughout the country, raising awareness and funds for a contingency regeneration fund.

The club was saved in June when lifelong O’s fan Nigel Travis led a consortium that bought out Becchetti, and which has begun a constructive relationship with supporters, promising an elected supporter on the board as part of the rebuilding of the club.

In addition, the Leyton Orient Trust (LOT), which runs Orient’s award-winning community sports programme, has been nominated for its “Man v Fat” initiative, which helps men deal with diet and fitness issues.

Commenting on the nomination, LOFT chairman Doug Harper said: “No doubt there will be a far worthier eventual winner, but it’s nice to see our efforts recognised by our local authority, who we worked constructively with during the campaign to save our club.

“This nomination, along with LOT’s, is a recognition both of the importance of the O’s to the community in Waltham Forest, and of the brilliant way the whole Orient family rallied together to fight for our club’s future.”

Latest East London Sports News

18:00

Gallagher, the proud title partner of Premiership Rugby, has launched a nationwide competition for community rugby clubs to win a training session coached by their local Gallagher Premiership Rugby club.

15:00

London Lions face a hectic weekend with a league fixture and a cup quarter-final clash against Worcester Wolves.

The O’s legend explained how he got involved in ‘The Greater Game’ and praised the club bringing out the commemorative kit

Marko Arnautovic’s future comes into doubt with Hammers, but is it just a smokescreen?

09:00

Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal United 2 Southend Manor 1

08:00

South East Counties Under 16s Championship: London 3 Essex 4

Yesterday, 18:00

With a month to go until the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup returns to the Lee Valley Velopark in Stratford, the Great Britain squad for the next round in Berlin has been announced.

Yesterday, 16:40

Lakeside Hammers will not be running in the 2019 speedway season after the BSPA revealed plans for next season after hosting their annual AGM.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now