Young Hammers fans can look forward to seeing their heroes at close quarters when West Ham United host an Open Training Day for Academy Members, Season Ticket Holders and Corporate Members at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday 8 April.

With admission free in recognition of the Club's loyal supporters, fans are invited to see the first-team squad put through their paces, just a week prior to a showdown at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

There may also be an opportunity to get autographs and photos with the players upon the conclusion of the training session.       

Fans can expect full coverage on the big screens, with matchday PA announcer Martin Godleman on hand to give a running commentary.

Raphael Spiegel
Academy 'keeper Raphael Spiegel celebrates with competition winners

West Ham's brand new fanzone will also be making an appearance from 9am, with youngsters invited to have a go on an inflatable 3v3 pitch and try their luck at a penalty shootout contest. Elsewhere, the Club's ever-popular mascots, Hammerhead and Bubbles, are set to be in attendance to greet the younger fans enjoying their school holidays.

The Club is also pleased to be hosting the Junior Hammers' graduation ceremony, with the youngsters to receive their certificates as they become fully-fledged members of the Claret and Blue family. As the next generation of supporters, Junior Hammers are West Ham's future and the Club looks forward to this first exciting step on that journey.                 

The Boleyn Ground will be open to the public from 10am, before training gets underway at approximately 10.30am.* Supporters will be seated in the Alpari West Stand Lower to watch all the action on the pitch with access via Gate 3. Any on-site parking will be on a strictly first-come, first-served basis and is extremely limited.

The Stadium store will also be open for business as usual, so Hammers fans can make the most of the 70 per cent discount on all adidas replica kit.

Keep an eye on whufc.com for any further details on the Open Day as they are available. *Timings are subject to change.