Bobby And Anton Join Community Coaching

THE BBC's Match of the Day crew came along to the Mile End Stadium recently to see West Ham United's Asians in Football Project in action.

Hammers stars Bobby Zamora and Anton Ferdinand were on hand along with coaches from the West Ham United In the Community, as the BBC cameras were treated to a look at some of the work West Ham United regularly undertakes in the local community.

On the agenda was the school-team football session, which involved around 70 boys and girls from eight schools in the local borough of Tower Hamlets.

This is a coaching session that West Ham United conducts every week, giving local youngsters the chance to take on other schools in their borough.

As you can see, Bobby and Anton were on hand to lend their expertise, and show off a few skills, as the children enjoyed a coaching session with the West Ham first-team heroes.

Head of West Ham United's Asians in Football Project, Mick King, said: "This is a specific coaching project that we run every week at three different venues across two boroughs.

"It fits in to the wider structure of P.E. and curriculum work that we do. The work also ties in with West Ham United's Academy coaching, as the kids who take part have a chance of progressing into the pre-Academy coaching programme.

"The Match of the Day team were keen to come down to West Ham to film some of the work we do in the local community as part of the Premier League's initiative to gain publicity for the work of clubs in the local community."

The piece will appear on Sunday morning's broadcast of Match of the Day.

For more information on West Ham United In the Community please contact 0870 1125 066.