The West Ham United Community Sports Trust (WHUCST) Academy is currently recruiting for next season - and if you think you could have what it takes to pull on the claret and blue, then make sure you come to the trials scheduled for April and May.

The WHUCST Academy will be holding trials on three dates - 4 & 5 April between 1-4pm and 30 May between 3-6pm - open to talented footballers from 16-18 years of age.

The two-year programme offers a Level 2/3 Diploma in Sport and coaching qualifications, as well as the opportunity to receive professional coaching from UEFA A and B Licenced coaches, with the chance to play in the Conference Youth Alliance League on offer.

Ultimately, the programme aims to progress Academy players into the Development and First Team squads - balancing your education with daily football.

The programme is based at the West Ham Community Training Ground in Beckton, where the trials will also be taking place.

WHUCST football developement officer Bryan Glover said: "This programme gives children between the ages of 16-18 a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a full time Football Academy as well as further their education once leaving school. Our aim is to develop each individual's footballing ability and progress them onto the highest level possible through a structured player development programme.

"Each individual will have to complete the education element as this is an integral part of the programme as we don't just aim to create talented footballers, we also aim to make each individual job-ready for the end of the two-year programme. The overall ethos of the programme is to combine the provision of football excellence with a full time education programme."

Download a brochure with full information here and register for trials at

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