Aspiring young film makers from the London Borough of Newham showed off their skills last week in promoting a message for a safer community, with the help of West Ham United.

Children from seven local schools close to the Boleyn Ground took over the club's press room for the afternoon to showcase a collection of films they had made themselves, which highlighted what little changes can be done to help improve the neighbourhood where they live and go to school.

The event was the result of a ten-week partnership between the E13 Learning Community Schools project and the West Ham United Inspire Learning Centre. The scheme is part of the ongoing work the West Ham does in the local community to demonstrate why it is Moore than a Football Club.

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Youngsters held a premiere of their films in the Press Room - normally occupied by local and national press on a matchday - to parents and guests including local police officers, Newham councillors Unmesh Desai and Forhad Hussain and Mick King from West Ham's Community Sports Trust.

Over the last ten weeks, the children took on various tasks involved with film making, which included planning, shooting and editing. The youngsters were also tasked with creating the artwork for their showcases and writing scripts and editing a soundtrack to go with their films, which were all about how they, as local citizens, can help in making the place they live a better place to be.

They were assisted by Baber Hussain from WHU Inspire Learning Centre on the project, which was one of several funded by West Ham as part of work carried out in different areas of the community. Additional funding was also provided by the Awards for All Lottery, together with Newham Council.

Pia Tanneraho, WHU Inspire Learning Centre manager, said: "The event was really good - the children really enjoyed getting into the different challenges of filming making to get their message across. We have been working with Newham schools since 1998 and this is just one of several projects our centre here at West Ham is involved in with the local community, so there is a lot more good work to come."

For more information on work in the community with West Ham United Inspire Learning Centre - click here

Moore Than a Football Club