Rice looking forward to Coaching Association session


The Academy of Football host their third Official Coaching Association session on Monday 5 March at Chadwell Heath and there is plenty in store for those attending to look forward to.

First team stars Declan Rice and Josh Cullen – who both came through the Club’s famous youth ranks to be part of David Moyes’ first team squad – will open the evening with a Q&A, and it’s a great opportunity for local coaches to pick the brains of young players who have come through the elite Academy pathway.

Rice made his first team debut at the end of last season and has gone on to become an important member of the Hammers’ squad this campaign.


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Signed as a youngster from Chelsea, the defender – along with Cullen, who has been with the Club since he was nine ­– has been coached through the ranks at Academy.

And the 19-year-old is looking forward to what should be an intriguing evening for those at Chadwell Heath.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the evening. It will be great to meet all the coaches who at a local level do so much for grassroots football and hopefully the Q&A with myself and Josh will be valuable for them.

“We’ll be there to answer any questions about our experiences coming through the Academy, so I think it’s set to be an interesting night for those who come along.”

Along with the Rice and Cullen Q&A, Academy Director Terry Westley will also be running through the Academy’s Individual Development Plans, before first team coach and former Hammer and England full-back Stuart Pearce takes a practical training session.

Rice continued: “Stuart is also doing a training session, so the coaches will get a chance to see what our training is like in action and that will be great, too.”

The Association has been set up by the West Ham United Academy of Football to provide opportunities for grassroots level coaches to learn from some of the best and most experienced staff in the Hammers set up and the professional game.

The evening on Monday 5 March begins at 6pm. To book your place on the session, click here. You can also book a spot on the final session – in April – by clicking here and finding your chosen evening.

Alternatively, visit https://www.eticketing.co.uk/whufc, head to ‘find tickets’ and look for the Coaching Association.