West Ham United Community Sports Trust will hold the first football trials for places in their Learning Academy this week!

The Learning Academy offers young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to enjoy and participate in a wide range of sports, while also progressing academically.

Working with Newham College, the Learning Academy will see teenagers aged 16-18 educated through sport, learning the transferable skills that are required by athletes.

Newham College will offer participants the opportunity to choose from a variety of vocational and academic courses, giving talented young sportsmen and women the opportunity to develop their skills and career.

The first trials for places on this fantastic course will take place on two dates in June and bookings are being taken for trial places now.

Trials will take place at the West Ham United Community Sports Trust, 60A Albatross Close, off Woolwich Manor Way, Beckton, London, E6 5NX, on Saturday 22 June between 12pm-3pm.

The lucky youngsters chosen for places at the Learning Academy will benefit from:

*A chance to study a range of vocational and academic courses at Newham College
*Sport Leadership and coaching qualifications
*Gain the FA Level 1 coaching badge
*Excellent progression routes from Entry Level to University
*Work experience in the community
*Opportunities for employment

Learning Academy participants will be enrolled on a full-time Newham College course from Monday 22 July, where they will need to maintain a 95 per cent attendance record to keep their place.

An Open Day will be held at Newham College on Saturday 15 June, where would-be participants can find out more about the courses available.

For more information, email the Trust's George Chukwuma at george.chukwuma@westhamunited.co.uk

Call 020 8257 4446 or go to www.newham.ac.uk to book your trial place now.