Coaching

Mark Noble and Slaven Bilic with the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

Coaching with West Ham United has offered an accessible pathway to employment for hundreds of local people.

With 86% of our Coach Core apprentices having passed through to employment, the success of the scheme has been recognised by a royal visit from the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.

Community coaches at the Hammers are given the opportunity to gain access to elite employment via the Academy Integration Pathway.

The club has more than 120 students in its Community Coaching Degree in partnership with the University of East London, while a post-16 education programme enables students to study for a BTEC Level 2 or 3 in sports-based qualification alongside regular football training.

Meanwhile, two of the club's community coaches were recently nominated for Football Black List Awards, recognising their outstanding work with local youngsters.

Key Stats

  • 120 students in Community Coaching Degree in partnership with University of East London
  • Helped 178 people to gain FA Coaching qualifications
  • Post-16 education programme, enabling students to study for a BTEC Level 2 or 3 in sports-based qualification alongside regular football training and matchdays
  • Supported five Premier League Girls volunteers in securing qualifications.