End of Season Awards update

Tony Carr has thrown his support behind the club's second annual End of Season Awards dinner to be held at the London Hilton on Tuesday 4 May.

The Academy Director is delighted that all proceeds from the gala event will go towards developing the club's youngsters. After the huge success of last year's evening, when he was singled out for a special tribute, Carr hoped this year's dinner would be as equally well attended.

"It is nice we get the share of the spotlight. We have our own awards trophy for most improved player and young player of the year. They are going to be awarded at the dinner along with the first team awards which is fantastic. It was a great dinner last year and it was a great evening and I look forward to it again this year. It should be a great night."

"The Academy is the lifeblood of our football club. It has set us in good stead for many years. From our point of view at the football club it is important we keep producing young players for the first team. In effect, that stops us having to go into the transfer market so much."

The ceremony will take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Grand Ballroom at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Guests of honour on the night will be the 1980 FA Cup-winning squad, who will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their unforgettable 1-0 victory over Arsenal at Wembley.

The evening will also see the unveiling of the 2009/10 Hammer of the Year - sponsored by Vantis Business Recovery Services - the Young Hammer of the Year, and the winners of the Best Goal and Best Team Performance of the season awards.

Tickets for what promises to be a very special, star-studded evening are available, costing £2,500 a table of ten. Alternatively, a limited number of individual places are available at £250 per person.

For more information, including a number of exciting sponsorship opportunities, contact West Ham United on 0871 221 2700.

Ray Winstone and Gianfranco Zola at last year's event