West Ham United's work in the community has been recognised in the Premier League's recently published Creating Chances report.

The report details the work the country's top flight clubs deliver at the heart of their communities in five key areas: community cohesion, sport participation, health, education and international.

Every club that played in the Premier League in 2012 is featured and they tell their story about the difference football is making to local communities.
Over the past year, 843 club projects have been active under the Creating Chances banner, engaging 541,750 individuals in the process. These people attended 4.14million times - an average of 7.6 attendances per individual.

The highest level engagement is amongst under-18s, who make up 89% of Creating Chances participants. 34% of those engaged are female while 25% are black or minority ethnic. Premier League clubs are valued by partners and government as community hubs: every £1 of our funding attracts £3 of match funding.

Hammers stars Jussi Jaaskelainen and Jordan Spence were on hand at the club's latest Creating Chances project, as pupils from Brampton Primary School in Newham used the facilities at the Boleyn Ground's Learning Zone to learn audio editing skills.

Creating Chances

Jussi Jaaskelainen helps Brampton Primary School pupils at the West Ham United Learning Zone

Goalkeeper Jaaskelainen said: "West Ham works very closely with the local community. It's great to see the kids getting different inspirations for the future in their lives.

"Here they've been practising new skills on the computers and it seems as though everyone was enjoying it."

22-year-old defender Spence, a product of the Hammers Academy who visited the clubs' Community sessions as a youngster, added: "It's important to be an active force in east London and in this area, reaching out to the next group of West Ham fans.

"Hopefully we can help develop some great players, and great people within business and different services around our community. It can only benefit."

Lord Coe, Chairman of the British Olympic Association and architect of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, joined the report in hailing the positive work done by Premier League clubs in their communities, particularly with respect to sports participation.

He said: "The Premier League is to be applauded for ensuring that thousands of young people will get their opportunity to participate in sport. For years the Premier League has been delivering in the area of sports participation and they, like me, are heartened to see that in 2012 this issue moved higher up the agenda for Government.

"It's not just about sport. In this document are some powerful examples of partnership having an impact on young people in these shores and afar: Kickz with the police, Premier Skills with the British Council, Reading Stars with the National Literacy Trust, and over 80 community projects funded by the Premier League Professional Footballers' Association Community Fund."

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