U21s in Portugal

U21s touch down in Portugal

West Ham United U21s have touched down in Portugal for a near week-long, pre-season training camp. 

Development side lead coach Mark Robson and his backroom team will lead the young Hammers in six intensive days of hard work, fitness and conditioning and extensive training on the Península de Troia. 

The Irons’ week will conclude with the side’s first friendly of the 2022 pre-season schedule – a short trip north to Lisbon to face Sporting Lisbon ‘B’ at 10.00am on Saturday 9 July 2022.

The group travel to Portugal fresh from working closely with first team manager David Moyes and the senior squad in at St. Andrew’s in Scotland last week, and were straight into work on the training pitches following their arrival on Monday afternoon.

Robson is looking forward to another few days of closely working with the young prospects in the Academy of Football. 

Mark Robson, head coach of West Ham United U21s

He said: “Last week’s training camp in Scotland was a great start to our 2022/23 season preparations, and the chance to train alongside the first team gave the lads a reminder of the levels they are striving to reach in football.

“We now have the opportunity to work even closer with these boys over the next few days, and Troia is a beautiful part of the world for us to continue that work in. 

“A few of the U21s have been given the opportunity to remain with the first team as they continue pre-season in Evian, meaning a number of our U18s have the chance to work with our group in the coming days.

“The boys know the standards expected of them and the hard work required. Pre-season is a real chance for them to make a step forward in terms of fitness and ability, and we’re all excited for the next few days.”

Images from the development side’s work in Portugal, as well as interviews with players and staff, will be available on whufc.com in the coming days, as will coverage of Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Sporting Lisbon ‘B’.