Tuesday 07 Jul
Updated Wednesday 08 Jul 08:52
Women

West Ham United women return for pre-season training

Head coach Matt Beard was all smiles as his West Ham United women's team returned for pre-season training on Tuesday
Head coach Matt Beard was all smiles as his West Ham United women's team returned for pre-season training on Tuesday
Martha Thomas was in the first group to train, in keeping with Phase One of the government guidelines
Martha Thomas was in the first group to train, in keeping with Phase One of the government guidelines
Captain Gilly Flaherty was also back for pre-season at the team's new base at Chadwell Heath
Captain Gilly Flaherty was also back for pre-season at the team's new base at Chadwell Heath
The session saw coaches and players all involved
The session saw coaches and players all involved
The team is still adhering to strict social distancing measures in the battle against COVID-19
The team is still adhering to strict social distancing measures in the battle against COVID-19
On the pitch sanitisation was also a regular at Chadwell Heath on Tuesday
On the pitch sanitisation was also a regular at Chadwell Heath on Tuesday
Leanne Kiernan was involved in Group 2 on Tuesday...
Leanne Kiernan was involved in Group 2 on Tuesday...
...as was 2019/20 Hammer of the Year, Kate Longhurst
...as was 2019/20 Hammer of the Year, Kate Longhurst
Longhurst, Kiernan, Laura Vetterlein and Grace Fisk comprised Group 2
Longhurst, Kiernan, Laura Vetterlein and Grace Fisk comprised Group 2
2019/20 Academy Player of the Year Wiktoria Kiszkis also trained on the first day of pre-season
2019/20 Academy Player of the Year Wiktoria Kiszkis also trained on the first day of pre-season
Head coach Matt Beard was all smiles as his West Ham United women's team returned for pre-season training on Tuesday 1
Martha Thomas was in the first group to train, in keeping with Phase One of the government guidelines 2
Captain Gilly Flaherty was also back for pre-season at the team's new base at Chadwell Heath 3
The session saw coaches and players all involved 4
The team is still adhering to strict social distancing measures in the battle against COVID-19 5
On the pitch sanitisation was also a regular at Chadwell Heath on Tuesday 6
Leanne Kiernan was involved in Group 2 on Tuesday... 7
...as was 2019/20 Hammer of the Year, Kate Longhurst 8
Longhurst, Kiernan, Laura Vetterlein and Grace Fisk comprised Group 2 9
2019/20 Academy Player of the Year Wiktoria Kiszkis also trained on the first day of pre-season 10

 

West Ham United women’s players took to the training pitches for the first time in almost four months as they began pre-season training ahead of the 2020/21 Barclays FA Women’s Super League campaign. 

With the return to training for elite athletes in the women’s game in Phase One, as recommended by the government guidelines in the battle against the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the women’s team returned for pre-season in small groups of individuals while adhering to the government social distancing advice. 

The likes of captain Gilly Flaherty, 2019/20 Hammer of the Year Kate Longhurst, Grace Fisk, Martha Thomas, Leanne Kiernan and Laura Vetterlein all participated in the first day of pre-season at the team’s new base at the Academy of Football, Chadwell Heath, on Tuesday.

The groups of first-team players were also joined by a small group of youngsters from the West Ham United women’s Academy development pathway.

Players returning from overseas, who are following the government protocol on quarantine after international travel, will return to begin pre-season with their teammates in the coming week. 

SanitisingThe Club, its medical and operations team have implemented strict safety measures to ensure the wellbeing of all personnel, including health screenings, temperature checks, and players and staff arriving and departing from Chadwell Heath in their own kit. 

With the safety of players and staff critical as the women’s team begin preparations for the 2020/21 campaign, women’s head of medical Elena Jobson explained the protocols the Club have put in place. 

“For the start of pre-season we have been operating within the detailed protocols provided by the FA,” Jobson said. “We are currently in Phase One, which means we have to do seven days of small-group, socially distanced training. We are permitted up to five players in each group, supported by three coaches and medical team. Each of these people then has to maintain social distancing, as stipulated within the government guidelines. 

“Away from the pitch, a lot of our work has been around keeping our team safe and sanitised. Everyone is coming into Chadwell Heath in their training kit and not using the facilities. 

“We are also undergoing COVID-19 testing twice a week, alongside mitigating as much risk as we can and following the procedures that everyone has heard about over the last four months, such as washing hands, no hugs and no handshakes, to ensure the safety of all of our players and staff as we start work for the new season.”

Our photographer was on hand to focus on the small-grouped sessions on the first day of West Ham United women’s pre-season training, and you can view these images in the gallery at the top of the page!

 

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