Hammers mark Olympic countdown

West Ham United have been looking forward to the Olympic Games this week - with just two years to go until it all gets under way in the capital.

The Hammers took time out of preparing for last night's 2-0 win at MK Dons by inviting youngsters to the club's Chadwell Heath training ground to mark the countdown to the start of the 2012 Games.

With just 24 months to go to the biggest sporting event in the world, Robert Green, Junior Stanislas and Radoslav Kovac got together with the children, who are all attending football skills courses run by the club's successful Community Sports Trust.

The club wants to help guarantee the London Games deliver the greatest legacy by taking over the Olympic Stadium with Newham Council after 2012 and to create a "vibrant centre of sport, culture and education".

West Ham United has already a long and proud tradition of being at the heart of its community and is running the busy multi-sports coaching programme for local youngsters throughout the school holidays.

Stanislas said: "It is exciting to know that the Olympic Games are not that far away now. I think it will be great and will do a lot to get more people into sport. There will certainly be a lot for people to watch, I am looking forward to it."