Academy pair right at home

Young professionals Sebastian Lletget and Cristian Montano have spoken about the benefits of living in the West Ham United Academy House.

American Lletget and Colombian Montano have both been with the Hammers since the age of 16, spending much of their time living in the club's digs.

There, the youngsters share accommodation with many of their team-mates, urging each other on and helping to foster a fantastic team spirit.

Speaking to West Ham TV, the pair spoke glowingly of the facilities at the Academy House, as well as the support and care afforded them by resident hosts Bob and Val Rayson.

"I'm from San Francisco in California and I've been here for a year and a half now and I really enjoy it," said Lletget. "The boys in the house are pretty respectful of my privacy and generally really nice.

"I think it's a very big thing for any person that their surroundings are comfortable and the house really does that for you. Bob and Val are also here to look after us, which is good.

"I think we've given up too much and sacrificed almost everything to be here, so I think it would be foolish to get involved in that other stuff like going out late and drinking."

Montano moved to London as a youngster, but said the Academy House offered him a perfect base from which to pursue his dream of playing for the Hammers.

The 19-year-old admitted that rules in the house were fairly strict, but agreed with Lletget that the sacrifices were worth making.

"The house is good because it keeps you away from a lot of things you or trouble you might be included in if you were living outside the house," said Montano.

"You're also live with many of the players you train with and see them day to day, which helps you forge a spirit.

"Bob and Val look after us well and we have a curfew as well, so we have a daily routine and times when we have to be in certain places, or else there would be consequences.

"We don't know what the consequences would be because none of us have been in trouble. We all do what we're told to do."

The pair also talked positively about the care afforded them by the Raysons, who have run the Academy House since it opened in 1998, the wide range of facilities available to them and the benefits of speaking Spanish.

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