Member of Parliament for East Ham Stephen Timms has praised the work of West Ham United in the local community.

The Club's Community Sports Trust recently announced that Hammers midfielder Joe Cole would become its patron.

Mr Timms visited the Club to watch a film created by local schoolchildren, which received great acclaim and was nominated for a national award earlier this year.

West Ham TV caught up with the MP, who was delighted to see first-hand the inspirational effect the Hammers has on the community.


He said: "I came down to see the film called 'Scales', which was a film made here at West Ham by some of the children from Sandringham, one of our local Primary Schools.

"It was a great project, they had a wonderful time, and the film was very impressive as well. It was interesting to hear them talking about all the things they had to do to make the film - acting, they had to use the camera, voiceovers, animation, post-production editing - it was a big, big project.

"It was a big experience for them and a very good experience as well.

"I think the learning zone has been a real plus for Newham over the 15 years that it's been open. I've followed its progress ever since it started, and for a lot of children in the area, coming to West Ham is a big deal.

"It's an exciting place to be, it's an inspiring place to be. The Inspire Learning Centre does inspire children, particularly those who might be struggling at school, finding it a bit hard going.

"When they come here they can really pick up the excitement, and it boosts their aspiration, boosts their achievement in a really important way. I think this learning zone has been a really important asset for schools in the area for the last 15 years."

Timms also believes that the Club's move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016 will drive their community work forward yet further.

He added: "It's a great move for the Club, of course, it's undoubtedly the right decision - that stadium should be used by West Ham United - and I'm absolutely delighted that the decision has finally been made.

"It will give the Club the potential to have a bigger impact still in the local community. It's an iconic location, it's a bigger stadium and there will be a lot of opportunity for the Club to do a lot of exciting things with the local community, children and older people as well.

"It's the right move for the Club, it's the right move for the community as well and I'm looking forward to seeing what else is going to happen for our area once West Ham is installed there from 2016 onwards."

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