Pupils from St. Edward’s Church of England Academy enjoyed an evening to remember on Wednesday night, helping out as ball assistants for West Ham United U23s' fixture with VfL Wolfsburg 'B'.
The group of teenagers were enlisted to assist when Dmitri Halajko’s side took on a Wolfsburg ‘B’ side at Rush Green Stadium, enabling the Premier League International Cup clash to run smoothly and without issue.
The students aged between 15 and 16 had a thoroughly enjoyable night, and opportunities like these are crucial in furthering the partnership between the Academy of Football and St Edward's, the club’s link school.
On the pitch it was an enthralling encounter between the Hammers development squad and Wolfsburg, with the away side claiming a 3-2 win in the midweek fixture.
Just a couple of months ago West Ham players Dan Kemp and David Martin attended a special school assembly at St Edward's, cutting the ribbon as the school opened their new dining hall.
Prior to the start of the season the Academy of Football had struggled to find regular ball assistants to assist for U23 fixtures, but with St Edward's Mr Lynch helping to coordinate the sport team every game, matches have run seamlessly ever since.
Everyone at the Academy of Football would like to thank the pupils from St Edward's for their assistance, and we are looking forward to continuing this partnership in the New Year for the Premier League 2 games at London Stadium.