West Ham United's Under-18s will experience a taste of top European competition this weekend when they take part in the Yale Eurofoot Toernooi in Belgium.
The tournament brings together 12 teams from England, Belgium, France, Netherlands and Belgium over three days of competition.
Steve Potts' Hammers side begin their campaign in Group A on Friday, with six 50 minutes games across two days to be played during the first stage. The Hammers are set to face Club Brugge, AA Gent, KV Oostende, FC Utrecht and RSC Anderlecht, whilst the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Standard Liege are in the other group.
West Ham finished sixth in last year's tournament, which is held in the western Belgian town of Oostduinkerke, and Potts believes the three-day competition will prove invaluable for his team.
"It will be a great experience for the boys," he said. "Going away together as a group is important, and the games we play will offer us a different kind of test too.
"We have six shorter games to play over the three days which will be great as we prepare for the new season.
"It's good to take on different opposition with different styles - we will face teams of differing styles in our league matches, so this will prove invaluable."
West Ham kick-off their challenge against Club Brugge at 10.30am local time on Friday before taking on Gent at 1.45pm. On Saturday, the Hammers take on Anderlecht at 10am, KV Oostende at 1.15pm and Utrecht at 6.15pm.
Play-offs for each position and finals will be played on Sunday.
For further details about the Yale Eurofoot Toernooi, click here.