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Training Grounds

West Ham United have three training bases - Chadwell Heath, Rush Green and Little Heath.

Rush Green is home to the first-team squad, while Chadwell Heath plays host to the Development Squad, U18s and Ladies.

Little Heath plays host to the U18s and U16s' home matches, while its outdoor pitches are used for training by the Academy.
On Saturday 14 May 1955, West Ham United were invited to visit Rush Green Road, Romford to inaugurate the new sports ground of Briggs Sports F.C. (later the Ford Sports Ground, following the amalgamation of Briggs Bodies with the Ford Motor Company).

The match was in aid of the Sir Herbert Dunnico Memorial Fund and around 4,000 supporters were in attendance. The Hammers’ opponents were a Dagenham and Romford District XI. West Ham won 3-2 with a Dave Sexton hat-trick.

Rush Green

Rush Green served as the headquarters for the Ford Sports and Social Club over the next five decades, providing facilities for employees of the motor company and their families and friends. For a time, it was home to Ford United FC and Romford FC and played host to local league cup finals.

In the 2000/01 and 2001/02 seasons, Rush Green played host to a number of the Hammers' FA Premier Youth Academy League Under-17 and Under-19 home games.

More than 50 years after their first visit, in summer 2009, the Club purchased the site and in November of the same year planning permission was sought to redevelop the 29-acre site.

Planning permission was granted by Havering Council and the complex has undergone a major renovation, with the installation of new outdoor pitches and improvements made to the main stadium pitch - which now plays host to the majority Development Squad home matches.

The main building has also been improved markedly, with the installation of offices, a canteen, a gymnasium and treatment rooms.

Elsewhere, temporary classrooms have been erected to provide lessons for Academy schoolboys and scholars who are part of the Club's ground-breaking partnership with Robert Clack School.

Rush Green was formally opened by Joint-Chairman David Sullivan in August 2012.

Rush Green
Lionel Messi training at Rush Green in November 2014

In November 2014, the site played host to the Argentina national football team, who trained at Rush Green ahead of their international friendly with Croatia at the Boleyn Ground. The presence of Lionel Messi and former Hammers Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano attracted great interest among the media and the general public alike, while the Development Squad had the chance to train alongside some of the world's best players.