Ladies look to strengthen

West Ham United Ladies are looking to build on their 2009/10 season success by recruiting talented new players and coaches for the forthcoming campaign.

The Ladies reached the fifth round of the FA Women's Cup for the first time, while also producing a strong showing in the FA Tesco Women's Premier League South.

At junior level, the Hammers Under-16s were crowned UK Home International Tesco Cup champions, beating off the challenge of teams from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to become the best U16 side in the whole United Kingdom.

Any players interested in trying out for the first, reserve and U19 squads should email Colin Roache at [email protected]

Younger players who would like to try out for the club's U10, U12, U14 or U16 squads should email Jim Maycock at [email protected]

Meanwhile, the club also has a number of coaching opportunities open for the 2010/11 season.

A manager and assistant manager for the U19 Development squad are required. The team will compete in the Greater London and South East Regional Women's League Division One in their inaugural season.

The squad will include players from the newly-formed West Ham United Ladies Academy (WHLA), which was established by an exciting new partnership between Havering Sixth Form College, West Ham United and West Ham United Community Sports Trust.

Applicants should have experience at an equivalent level of women's football, as well as holding a minimum of an FA Level 2 coaching award.

Assistant manager and coaching positions are also available for the club's junior sides.

All positions are voluntary, but post holders will enjoy the use of unrivalled training facilities at both Chadwell Heath and Beckton and will work with committed and succesful squads who train twice a weekly and play matches on Sundays.

Successful applicants will undergo FA CRB checks and should possess both FA safeguarding children and first aid certificates.

To express your interest in any of the above positions, please contact Tony Marshall with a footballing CV by email at [email protected]

Finally, centre-back Rosey Sullivan has been voted both Players' and Manager's Player of the Year for 2009/10, with forward Nat Grafton finishing as runners-up in both categories.