Asian experience for Academy

West Ham United's youth team has enjoyed a season to remember but the Academy have not quite finished yet - having been invited to take part in the Hong Kong Sevens.

The prestigious 16-team tournament takes place between Friday 23 May and Sunday 25 May and features a host of top clubs including defending champions Aston Villa, Celtic, Rangers and PSV Eindhoven. Tony Carr's side have been drawn in Group A against two local sides as well as Japanese outfit Urawa Red Diamonds. Each group game is played over seven minutes each way with a one-minute half-time, with all matches played at the main Hong Kong FC ground.

Having seen his U18s just miss out on their league title this season after an impressive campaign, Carr said: "We are still training until the first team finish and then we have accepted an invitation to take part in the Hong Kong Sevens tournament in May. I am not normally one for end-of-season tournaments but it came through the PFA from a couple of our former players, Bobby Barnes and Paul Allen, who asked us if we would like to play. It will be a great experience for the boys and wrap up the season nicely."