West Ham United are delighted to be using Thursday's Premier League fixture against Manchester United to raise awareness of and celebrate the work that the club delivers in the community.
Through West Ham United’s Foundation, which acts as the Club’s outreach arm into the local community, over 20,000 local people are supported and worked with every year. With over £6m invested since the 2013/14 season, the Foundation has over 35 different projects spanning health, education, employment, community sport, football development and inclusion.
Throughout this week, several key Foundation projects have been highlighted on our social channels, and the programme will feature an extended Foundation section that covers all of their fantastic work. Keep an eye on the big screen and pitchside too, as a selection of other key Foundation projects will be showcased.
In an exciting first, from 4.30-6pm Thursday (10 May) there will also be a free ‘Come and Try Walking Football’ session on the Community Track next to the Stadium Store. If you’ve ever fancied trying the popular sport, then do feel free to come down and have a go - no boots or kit necessary!
Established in 1990, the West Ham United Foundation has used the pull of the football club to engage residents across east London and Essex - and the charity continues to grow.
Joe Lyons, CEO of West Ham United’s Foundation said: “We are delighted to be able to use this week and the game against Manchester United as a way of enlightening many of those who haven’t heard about the Foundation, or those unaware of the work we do across our local community.
"The Foundation is the club’s official charity partner and we greatly appreciate all of the support we get; from the Club, our funders to our participants, and everyone in between.
“We’d like to thank everybody at West Ham United for their ongoing support, and we are very much looking forward to the game tomorrow night!”