In 1986 the Footballers Further Education and VocationalTraining Society formed the national Football in the Community Scheme in order to promote strong links between professional football clubs and the community.

The West Ham Community Development Scheme was set up in 1990 with a view to working in the surrounding boroughs. The community team are; Roger Morgan, Andrew Morgan, Steve Tapley, Mark Newson, Phil Church, Craig Glashan, Barry Saville and Luke Williams with secretarial support from Jacqui Jones, and not to forget their team of part-time coaches who are all working together through a wide range of sporting and social activities at various locations around London and the South-East.

Our existing programme encourages social exclusion and integration using football as a vehicle to maximise personal development of young people, The Community Scheme benefits all areas of the community and target under-represented groups such as young people, the elderly, ethnic minorities and disability groups.

The Juniors Hammers Club has also been developed with the help of the Community Scheme in order to encourage children to become involved in the football club.



One of our most popular activities that we organise is Football Courses. These take place during every school holiday and run for either two, three or five days between 9.30am-2.30pm. The aim is to provide a friendly and safe environment for girls and boys of all abilities aged between 6-16years to enjoy football with the emphasis on fun and participation.

All our coaches hold recognised Football Association coaching awards and are also CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) checked so we can guarantee you will receive expert coaching. Dates and venues updated regularly.


In School and After School Coaching is offered to schools in the boroughs of Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Redbridge, Chelmsford, Basildon and Hertfordshire.

Sessions can be booked to form part of the National Curriculum. The department also visits schools to deliver Healthy Living talks and Drug Awareness sessions. Partnerships have also been developed with education departments to improve attendance levels within targeted areas.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS (Times and Venues updated regularly see below)

After school clubs run throughout 40 weeks of the year, consisting of one hour sessions. Coaching takes place at venues in London, Essex and Hertfordshire for boys and girls of all abilities. Children have the opportunity to learn the basic techniques of the game within a safe and friendly environment. Any player who reaches a suitable standard will have the opportunity to attend an Elite Squad.


Regional Elite Squads run in partnership with the Academy department and are for players who have been scouted or who have progressed from an after school club of a weeklong football course. Each player is assessed throughout a six-week period with feedback given to both player and parent after the evaluation period. Players are expected to compete for places within the Academy or depending on their age Development Squads.



The Development Squad has been established for players who have not been selected for the Academy but have progressed from an Elite Squad. Players are selected from two age groups U13 who train on a Thursday 5-6pm and the U14 squad who train on Thursdays 6-7pm each member pays £3.50 per week.
This squad is by invitation only.

ASC Coaching Sessions

All our coaching staff hold recognised FA coaching awards and have attended a National Coaching Foundation (NCF) Child Protection Course delivered by the Football Association so we can guarantee you will receive both expert coaching and relevant protection for your child.

All sessions cost £3.50 (with the exception of Beckton £2.50). Children are split into different age groups; please note younger children will not be accepted in the older age groups unless requested by a senior coach.

Sessions are held Monday to Friday and venues will be updated shortly.

For more information on these courses please contact Jacqui Jones on 0870-112-5066 (Press Option 2)


This offer is available to schools and youth football clubs wishing to organise visits:


The day comprises if a coaching/training session on the pitch, whereby pupils are led from the home team changing room through the players tunnel onto the pitch.

A tour of the ground then proceeds with entrance into the club's museum before they break for lunch.

After lunch a Healthy Living interactive discussion takes place in an executive lounge to educate the children of the importance of fitness, diet and nutrition.

Each school can book a visit for a minimum of 20 and maximum of 40 pupils within Years 5 & 6 only.

The cost per child for this visit is £15.


Youth Football Clubs

This offer is available to Youth Football Clubs wishing to organise a visit.

The two-hour visit comprises of a coaching/training session on the pitch, whereby pupils are led from the home team changing room through the players tunnel onto the pitch. A tour of the ground then proceeds with entrance into the club's museum.

Each club can book a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 players. Bookings can be made either in a school holiday or on a Saturday morning when the first team have an away fixture.

The cost per child is £20
The cost per adult attending is £10 (this includes tour and museum entrance only).

For more information please contact Andrew Morgan on 0870-112-5066.


In order to continually improve and develop levels of coaching the Football Association and 1st for Sport have restructured the coaching qualifications awarded by the English FA.

West Ham in the Community delivers the FA Level 1 & " Coaching Courses. Please note that candidates must be a minimum of 16 to enrol on the level 1 course and 17 to enrol on the Level 2 course.

Those interested in receiving details on these courses please contact Jacqui Jones on 0870-112-5066 (press option 2).


This facility is available to hire during times when our pitch is not being used within our programme.

Our full size or half size pitch can be hired for matches or for training session's use of changing rooms optional.

Full Pitch Hourly Rate - £80 with changing facilities
- £65.00 without changing facilities

Half Pitch Hourly Rate - £60 with changing facilities
- £45 without changing facilities

Match Rate* - £200 with Changing facilities
- £170 without changing facilities

*no longer than three hours including use of facilities


For information and bookings contact: Jacqui Jones 0207-473-7720 email [email protected]



Why not de-stress with a session of football at lunchtime! Special rates for businesses; which will incorporate use of changing facilities free of charge.

Please contact Jacqui Jones 0870-112-5066 (press option 2)


The girls and women's project aims to build on the solid foundations of projects already established within Football in the Community scheme at the club. The project aims to increase the opportunities for girls and women to play and coach and to raise the profile of the girls and women's game using the club and its resources and working in partnership with key agencies such as the Football Association, schools, local authorities, and regeneration agencies amongst others to achieve this.

The overall aims of Girls and Women's Project are:

To encourage participation by girls, especially teenagers in football with the aim of encouraging a healthier lifestyle and their continued participation in sport and physical activity when they leave school.

To present a positive image of girls football and to have a real impact by supporting girls to have equal opportunities to play and coach at whatever level they aspire to.

To offer opportunities in football and support for specific priority groups including young people, ethnic minority communities, girls and women as well as those who are socially excluded.

To challenge racism and sexism in football and contribute towards encouraging an inclusive and united sport that brings together individuals and communities.

For further information on all of West Ham United's community activities contact the community department at:

West Ham United in the Community
60a Albatross Close
Off Woolwich Manor Way
E6 5NX

Telephone: 0870 112 5066 (option 2)
Email: [email protected]