Monday 16 Jul
Updated Tuesday 17 Jul 08:42
Premier League 2

Young Hammers get down to work in Slovakia

Boss Terry Westley shares a joke during the warm-up
Boss Terry Westley shares a joke during the warm-up
Tunji Akinola looks on
Tunji Akinola looks on
Mason Barrett recovers after the warm-up
Mason Barrett recovers after the warm-up
A young Hammer watches the session from afar
A young Hammer watches the session from afar
The Hammers get down to work on the ball
The Hammers get down to work on the ball
Dan Kemp continues his recovery from injury
Dan Kemp continues his recovery from injury
Grady Diangana works with the medical team on his return to fitness
Grady Diangana works with the medical team on his return to fitness
The grey clouds descend over Kosice
The grey clouds descend over Kosice
The heavens open
The heavens open
The youngsters work on their strength after the football
The youngsters work on their strength after the football
Ben Johnson puts in the work
Ben Johnson puts in the work
The staff round off the first session in Slovakia
The staff round off the first session in Slovakia
Boss Terry Westley shares a joke during the warm-up 1
Tunji Akinola looks on 2
Mason Barrett recovers after the warm-up 3
A young Hammer watches the session from afar 4
The Hammers get down to work on the ball 5
Dan Kemp continues his recovery from injury 6
Grady Diangana works with the medical team on his return to fitness 7
The grey clouds descend over Kosice 8
The heavens open 9
The youngsters work on their strength after the football 10
Ben Johnson puts in the work 11
The staff round off the first session in Slovakia 12

West Ham United’s Academy kicked-off their summer pre-season camp with a tough session at their Košice base on Monday afternoon.

The Hammers arrived in the Slovakian city midway through the morning and settled in before heading to their first training day.

Terry Westley’s men are based at FC Košice’s Lokomotiva Stadium for their six-day stay, a ground which has in the past hosted a number of famous European nights including the visits of Manchester United and AS Roma.

Their Monday session, taken by Westley, assistant Academy manager Liam Manning and former Hammer of the Year and current U18s boss Steve Potts, included a plenty of ball work and even a thunderstorm and almighty downpour failed to prevent the youngsters putting in the hard yards.

The U23 squad, which is a youthful group given a number of the regular 23s are continuing to train with Manuel Pellegrini’s first team this summer, have their first of two fixtures on Tuesday.

They take on MFK Zemplín Michalovce at the Lokomotiva, with a decent chunk of local support expected to turn out for the clash.

A Fortuna Liga side who finished eighth in Slovakia’s top division last season, Michalovce should provide West Ham with a tough match a week prior to the start of the league season locally.

The east Londoners will contest their 5pm (local time) clash before training for a further three days in preparation for a fixture against the recently-reformed FC VSS Košice on Saturday.