West Ham United U21s will enjoy a busy pre-season ahead of their 2014/15 campaign.

Nick Haycock's Development Squad finished the 2013/14 Barclays U21 Premier League season in ninth place, earning themselves a spot in the newly-formed Division 1 when the competition gets underway in August.

Before then, Haycock's side will travel far and wide as part of their preparations, taking on Premier League, non-league and foreign opposition as the Hammers' young professionals continue their development.

The pre-season schedule gets underway on home turf with the visit of Isthmian League Premier Division side AFC Hornchurch to Little Heath on Saturday 12 July. The following Tuesday, the U21s hit the road to Hampshire to take on Conference South outfit Havant and Waterlooville.

The weekend of 19/20 July sees the Hammers taking part in the four-team Absolute Travel Cup at Cambridge United's R Costings Abbey Stadium. There, Haycock's squad will face continental opposition in Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and Spanish side Espanyol.

West Ham will take part in another international tournament the following week, when they travel to Germany for the Ruhr Cup, hosted by Borussia Dortmund. There, the Hammers have been drawn in Group B alongside German pair Borussia Moenchengladbach and Schalke 04, Turkish side Galatasaray and Israeli club Maccabi Netanya.

On Tuesday 29 July, Alan Devonshire's Conference Premier side Braintree Town will play host to West Ham before the pre-season schedule is rounded off by a trip to another trip to a Conference Premier side in Woking on Tuesday 5 August and the visit of Aston Villa's U21s to Little Heath on Friday 8 August.

Ticket details for all the U21s' pre-season fixtures and any additions will be confirmed on whufc.com

U21s pre-season fixtures

Sat 12 July v AFC Hornchurch (Little Heath, 11am)
Tue 15 July v Havant and Waterlooville (West Leigh Park, 7.45pm)
Sat 19 July v Shakhtar Donetsk (Absolute Travel Cup, R Costings Abbey Stadium, Cambridge United FC, 2pm)
Sun 20 July v Espanyol (Absolute Travel Cup, R Costings Abbey Stadium, Cambridge United FC, 2pm)
Thu 24-Sun 27 July v Borussia Moenchengladbach/Schalke 04/Galatasaray/Maccabi Netanya (Ruhr Cup, Dortmund, Germany)  
Tue 29 July v Braintree Town (Amlin Stadium, 7.45pm)
Tue 5 Aug v Woking (Kingfield Stadium, 7.45pm)
Fri 8 Aug v Aston Villa (Little Heath, 12noon)

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