West Ham United Women partner with Loughborough University

West Ham United Women is delighted to announce a partnership with Loughborough University as Official Higher Education Partner, one of the first partnerships of its kind. 

The long-term partnership will see the University provide an alternative education pathway for West Ham United Women’s players and coaches through Scholarships and BTECs at Loughborough’s London campus.  

As part of the agreement, the two institutions will also collaborate on a world-leading research project utilising performance analysis to define the future of the Women’s game. Alongside this, the partnership will see knowledge sharing with West Ham United Women’s coaches and backroom staff, drawing upon the team’s vast experience in supporting dual career athletes.  
In addition, the team will play a first-team friendly on campus at the University Stadium. 
West Ham United Chief Commercial Officer, Nathan Thompson, said: “I am proud to announce our partnership between Loughborough University and West Ham United Women. 

“As a club we pride ourselves on always looking for ways to improve and innovate, and I am certain that this partnership will do just that. The collaboration between ourselves and Loughborough University will help both our players and staff alike. We look forward to developing this exciting opportunity as the season progresses.”

West Ham United Women’s General Manager, Aidan Boxall, said “We are absolutely delighted to announce this partnership between West Ham United Women and Loughborough University. 
“We believe this partnership can be a game changer for our Club, women’s football and women’s sport. Specifically, through providing academic support to our players and allowing them to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, as well as exploring research opportunities to gather more data on women’s football and aid our performances on the pitch. 
“We believe that our partnership with Loughborough University can help us to achieve our ambitions of becoming one of the most successful Clubs in English football whilst also continuing to grow the Club’s influence within our local community.”

Jo Simpson, Commercial and Facilities Director, Loughborough Sport, said “We are breaking new ground in the women’s game through this world-leading partnership with West Ham United, integrating the very best of Loughborough’s research, elite level performance support and giving our incredible students new opportunities within backroom teams.

“West Ham United Women’s commitment to developing their player pathways aligns perfectly with our world-leading experience at supporting elite level dual career athletes.  

“I am immensely proud of the partnership that we have formed and through our embedded research initiative I can’t wait to see the impact we will have together on the women’s game.”

For more information on Loughborough University, visit its website here: www.lboro.ac.uk, and for further information on West Ham United Women, visit its website: https://www.whufc.com/teams/women/womens-team