Two lucky local youngsters are one step closer to realising their dreams of becoming Premier League footballers after being invited to a trial at West Ham United's Academy.

The two schoolchildren were both selected by the Academy's Head of Recruitment Dave Hunt following last month's half term football coaching courses at the Community Sports Trust facility in Beckton.

The youngsters were put through their paces throughout the half term course, participating in both passing and receiving exercises, individual attacking and defending exercises, goal scoring and finishing drills and group combination play. Sessions were tailored to develop each individual's natural ability, awareness and decision making.

Football Development officer Bryan Glover said, "The new syllabus is proving to be a great success and credit goes to Tony Carr MBE for his input in designing and implementing the courses.

"I would also like to thank Dave Hunt and his recruitment team for attending the courses in search for new talent. I want to wish both Austin and Sam good luck for their trial but I am sure they will do well."

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