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

Open for children of all abilities aged between three and 15, these 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, Thurrock 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. Recent holiday programmes have seen several 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.

In all instances, courses begin at 10am and finish at 3pm. Please note that there will be no Advanced Goalkeeping or Mini Dribbler Courses for the February half term.  

Three-day courses: 17-19 February, £43

BECKTON - WHU Community Sports Trust, 60a Albatross Close, Off Woolwich Manor Way, Beckton, E6 5NX

UPMINSTER - Gaynes School, Brackendale Gardens, Upminster, Essex, RM14 3UX

Two-day course: 17-18 February, £33 

THURROCK - St Clere's School, Butts Ln, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0NW

Two-day course: 20-21 February

ROMFORD - Royal Liberty School, Upper Brentwood Rd, Romford RM2 6HJ

To book your place, please complete the application form, call us on 020 7473 7720 or email community@westhamunited.co.uk.