Tuesday 30 Nov
Updated Wednesday 01 Dec 08:27
Women

West Ham United Women's first-team players visit 10-16s Academy

Grace Garrad chats with one of the young players in the academy
Grace Garrad chats with one of the young players in the academy
Olli Harder joins in with the session
Olli Harder joins in with the session
Brian Tompkins watches on as the players begin their session
Brian Tompkins watches on as the players begin their session
Brooke Cairns lends a helping hand to one young player
Brooke Cairns lends a helping hand to one young player
Zaneta Wyne observers an U16 player practising her shooting
Zaneta Wyne observers an U16 player practising her shooting
Billy Stewart watches on as the academy goalkeeping coach begins his session
Billy Stewart watches on as the academy goalkeeping coach begins his session
There was a lot of fun to be had on a cold evening in Beckton
There was a lot of fun to be had on a cold evening in Beckton
Cairns and Garrad answer questions at the end from players
Cairns and Garrad answer questions at the end from players
Cairns chats with a young player at the end of the session
Cairns chats with a young player at the end of the session
Wyne is involved in the final team talk of the night ahead of the weekend's games
Wyne is involved in the final team talk of the night ahead of the weekend's games
Grace Garrad chats with one of the young players in the academy 1
Olli Harder joins in with the session 2
Brian Tompkins watches on as the players begin their session 3
Brooke Cairns lends a helping hand to one young player 4
Zaneta Wyne observers an U16 player practising her shooting 5
Billy Stewart watches on as the academy goalkeeping coach begins his session 6
There was a lot of fun to be had on a cold evening in Beckton 7
Cairns and Garrad answer questions at the end from players 8
Cairns chats with a young player at the end of the session 9
Wyne is involved in the final team talk of the night ahead of the weekend's games 10


Last week, players from the West Ham United Women’s first team squad made the short trip over to Beckton to watch the 10-16s Women’s academy in action at the West Ham United Foundation training complex. 

Brooke Cairns, Grace Garrad and Zaneta Wyne all went to take a look at the next generation of talent that is coming through the Hammers academy, whilst also offering advice and even getting involved in some of the sessions. 

Women’s manager, Olli Harder, first-team coach Brian Tompkins and goalkeeping coach Billy Stewart also went along to assist with these sessions, as the club continues its commitment to develop young players from the local community. 

This is the second time that first-team players and staff have visited the academy this year, with Harder and his staff attending a similar training session in October. 

Wyne has been helping to coach the U16’s team since joining West Ham United in the summer, passing on her experience of the game onto the young players that will be hoping to break into the first-team in the near future as they move through the age groups. 

Garrod and Cairns – products of Arsenal and Liverpool academies respectively know what it’s like to progress through the ranks and were able to offer their own words of wisdom – as they took the time to answer questions from the young players. 

The club has committed to growing the sport within the local community through our pledges to #GetOnside with Women in Football


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Reflecting on the event, Garrad said: 

“It was really nice to come down to the Academy and see all of the young people working hard, but most importantly having fun. 

"It’s great that we have so many young girls that are playing here every week, working on their craft and making friends along the way." 

Brooke Cairns was pleased to get involved and hopes that the young players enjoyed the experience: 

"I really enjoyed being here tonight and working with a good group of young players. Despite being a young player myself, hopefully I’ve been able to pass on some experience to these players that may help them in the future. 

"It’s great that we’re able to come along to these sessions and show the players that pathway’s exist to the first-team."

Interested in joining the West Ham United Women’s academy? Find out more by clicking here. 
 

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