Ex-Hammers host Academy defending masterclass

Thursday 22 Feb
Updated Thursday 22 Feb 10:04


Some of West Ham United’s most experienced former stars put on a defending masterclass for the Academy of Football during half-term last week.

Steve Potts – a former Hammer of the Year and now the U18s manager – put a group of full-backs, aged U12–U18, through their paces alongside Paul Konchesky, who of course represented West Ham as well as England.

Matt Upson, who with Konchesky has been mentoring a number of young players at Chadwell Heath this season on a voluntary basis, also held some centre-back sessions with a group of the same age.

U18s coach Phillips 'quietly confident' of Brighton result

Friday 16 Feb
Updated Friday 16 Feb 15:22

Mark Phillips

West Ham United U18’s coach Mark Phillips says he is quietly confident of a victory against Brighton & Hove Albion ahead of Saturday’s contest at the Little Heath Sports Ground.

A win over Saturday’s opponents will see the Hammers leapfrog Reading into 10th and move within one point of Brighton in the Premier League U18.

Ambitious Okotcha aims to emulate Academy graduates

Wednesday 14 Feb
Updated Wednesday 14 Feb 15:00
Joshua Okotcha


Tuesday 21 November 2017 will live with Joshua Okotcha for the rest of his life. It marked the first appearance the youngster made for the West Ham United U23s.

Collison, Potts and Ashworth guest speakers at Coaching Association session

Friday 09 Feb
Updated Friday 09 Feb 08:00



West Ham United Academy’s second Official Coaching Association session takes place this month and places are now limited for the Chadwell Heath evening.

It’s set to be a fascinating night at the Academy of Football, with former Hammers and Academy products Jack Collison and Steve Potts both speaking to attendees about the history and culture of the Club.

Grassroots football is at the very core of the FA’s strategy and I’m delighted to speak to coaches from the local area at Chadwell Heath

Dan Ashworth

Talented goalkeeper Matrevics aiming to stand tall for the Academy

Monday 05 Feb
Updated Monday 05 Feb 14:00

Rihards Matrevics

Rihards Matrevics is a difficult person to miss.

Although he is just 18-years-old, the goalkeeper towers over, well, just about everyone else at West Ham United.

He has been with the Hammers since 2015, but Matrevics’ height is still cause for team bonding.

Alese named in England squad for Algarve Tournament

Friday 02 Feb
Updated Monday 05 Feb 11:13

Ajibola Alese

West Ham United’s Ajibola Alese has been named in the England U17s squad for this month’s Algarve Tournament.

The 17-year-old has been called up to Steve Cooper’s side for the competition in Portugal, with the squad heading out for the tournament next week.

Johnson signs first pro deal

Thursday 25 Jan
Updated Thursday 25 Jan 09:00

West Ham United are delighted to announce that highly-rated defender Ben Johnson has put pen to paper on his first professional contract which will keep at the Club until 2020.

The full-back, who turned 18-years-old on Wednesday, has enjoyed a superb campaign so far this season, breaking into and becoming a regular for the Hammers’ U23 side.

The youngster also got his first taste of senior team action at the end of last year when he travelled and was named on the substitutes’ bench for the fixture at Manchester City in December.

First Official Coaching Association session a success

Sunday 21 Jan
Updated Sunday 21 Jan 13:20

Official Coaching Association


Monday marked the first of West Ham United’s Official Coaching Association sessions as local coaches from across grassroots football gathered at Chadwell Heath for the masterclass.

The evening, led by Academy Manager Terry Westley, was attended by more than 60 coaches – who gained a professional insight into youth football – from the local community.

U18s' Reece Hannam targeting first team opportunity

Friday 19 Jan
Updated Friday 19 Jan 10:00

Reece Hannam against Norwich

Reece Hannam is thrilled. And rightly so.

The defender has just played a crucial role in a huge win for West Ham United’s U23s, helping his side to a dominant 3-0 Premier League 2 Division 1 win away to Manchester United.