"We've always adopted a long-term approach that's all about doing mundane work," explains Neil Watson, who became the club's community officer a month after Hillsborough. "Real community work takes ages to do. It can't be a big event, or a blaze-of-fireworks thing. It's got to be community-led and completely organic."
As well as its education work, the scheme runs projects on housing estates in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest, and in prisons and for ex-offenders. There are accredited coaching, weight training and sports photography courses; a girls' and women's football programme; a deaf football team; a disability sports programme; and the scheme is involved in drugs rehabilitation and work on racial tolerance and with refugees.
In effect, it's a community development project that happens to be attached to a football club. "Our projects happen when the community's ready for them - they lead it," says Mr Watson. "But that wouldn't happen without the credibility that being part of the football club brings. Even a club as small as this is a powerful institution in the minds of local people."
Its influence will spread even further next year with the construction of an pound;8 million community sports centre next to the ground.
Contact Leyton Orient community sports programme on 020 8556 5973; www.locsp.freeserve.co.uk