Joint-Chairman champions new vision

West Ham United Football Club have continued to demonstrate their ethos of "Moore than a Football Club" by lending their Rush Green training facilities to Grays Athletic.

The new facilities were opened by Joint-Chairman David Sullivan at the development squad's game with Grays earlier this month. Sullivan revealed that the generous offer was part of West Ham United's drive to help out other local clubs.

"West Ham United like to help other clubs, that's why we played Colchester United and other local clubs in pre-season, and will visit even more next year.

"We really want to help local clubs and help football in the community because that's what West Ham United is all about."

The new season will see Grays share the Rush Green pitch with the development squad and Sullivan hopes this will help entice more people into watching the Hammers' second string.

"I wanted to come down here to see the facilities and what is happening here, I have to say they're doing a wonderful job.

"Our reserves will be playing here next season so for anybody wishing to watch them it will be an easier trip than Bishops Stortford," said Sullivan. "We're now located in our heartland of Romford and it's a lovely little place."

The Joint-Chairman also revealed his hope that Rush Green will continue to be developed and ultimately end up being the Hammers new training ground, whilst also paying tribute to a phenomenal turn out.

"Hopefully this could become our new training ground one day.

"It's lovely to see so many people here in such a positive, friendly atmosphere. There must be close to 1000 people here."

The club had given Grays Athletic permission to use the pitch for 18 months, and Sullivan hopes the two clubs can work together to continue its development.

"Grays didn't have a home and we weren't doing anything with the ground so we've let them have it for 18 months, rent free.

"We like to help out lesser clubs and this is why we're 'Moore than a Football Club'. It's around 34 acres and there are some lovely pitches here, so as I mentioned this will hopefully become our new training facility." 

Moore Than a Football Club