Academy players attend youngsters football camp


Players from the Academy of Football spent last week giving back to the community by training with young children at a local fitness centre.
Toni Martinez, Sam Howes, Moses Makasi and Noha Sylvestre were among a number of players who visited the David Lloyd Gym in Gidea Park where children were enjoying half-term football camps.
The players joined in with a number of shooting drills and then went on to participate in small matches with the children as the youngsters showed what they could do with the ball at their feet.
“It’s always a good laugh to come and do things like this. The boys all get well into it and it’s a great laugh,” said PL2 goalkeeper Sam Howes.
“The boys really enjoy themselves when we do stuff like this. It’s great to see the kids enjoying themselves so much.”
After the session ended, the players signed autographs for the children and stood for pictures, capping off a great experience for all involved.  
Earlier on in the week, the likes of Reece Oxford and Domingos Quina visited the gym and helped train the youngsters.
Striker Sam Ford was another Hammer who took a break from his busy training schedule to visit the gym and he said joining in with training sessions for youngsters are vital.
“Every player comes from somewhere like this. Coming back here and helping out is massive – when you’re at such a young age it’s massive (to learn from professional footballers) for your development,” he said.
“It’s very important that we always give something back to the community.”