Pre-Academy trials on offer

Budding young players dreaming of becoming a Hammers hero are being invited to a special free football day at the new West Ham United Academy development centre.

Boys of school age in reception, year one and year two can attend the event on Friday 20 February and take part in special small-sided matches where the emphasis will be firmly on fun football. Full-time academy coaches will be on hand to run the rule over the youngsters with aspiring goalkeepers also welcome to have a go.

As well as this event at the Norman Booth Centre in Old Harlow, academy staff are staging a similar session four days before on Monday 16 February at Jags Sports Club in Dulwich. Those interested in going along to either should click here for more information - including what to bring with them on the day - and to download an application form.