West Ham United Community Sports Trust's ever-popular Soccer Schools are to return for the October half-term holiday.

Open for children of all abilities aged between five and 15, courses provide a safe, friendly and enjoyable environment for youngsters to improve their football skills.

With both two and three-day courses on offer, Beckton, Upminster, Epping, Chelmsford, Grays and Romford will all play host to a half-term Soccer School.

Participants will receive a West Ham United certificate and medal, while Academy scouts and coaches are to attend each and every venue. The last three holiday programmes have all seen youngsters referred to the Club's famed Academy!


Our holiday programme courses consist of warm up drills, with and without the ball, with examples of SAQ (speed, agility and quickness) drills and pre-match stretching techniques.

Sessions progress onto ball manipulation and first touch drills, followed by training games with emphasis on the three A's: agility, acceleration and awareness.

All sessions are tailored to develop each individual's natural ability, awareness and decision making.

Children are asked to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink, as well as appropriate footwear, shin pads and suitable clothing in the event of bad weather. All coaching staff are FA qualified, CRB checked and trained in emergency first aid and child protection.

Three day courses - £43: (Monday 28 October - Wednesday 30 October)
BEC - WHU Community Sports Trust, 60a Albatross Close, Off Woolwich Manor Way, Beckton, E6 5NX
UPM - Gaynes School, Brackendale Gardens, Upminster, Essex, RM14 3UX
EPP - St John's School, Tower Road, Epping, Essex CM16 5EN

Two day courses - £33: (Thursday 31 October - Friday 1 November)
CHE - Broomfield Football Club, Angel Meadow, Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7AH
THU - William Edwards School, Stifford Clays Road, Grays RM16 3NJ
ROM - Royal Liberty School, Upper Brentwood Road, Gidea Park, Romford, RM2 6HJ

Courses run from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Please note, there will be no Advanced Goalkeeping or Mini Dribbler courses on this occasion.

To book your place, please complete the application form or alternatively contact West Ham United Community Sports Trust on either 020 7473 7720 or community@westhamunited.co.uk