West Ham Ladies are opening an Academy for September and are recruiting now. Writing for Blowing Bubbles, forward Becky Merritt explains how the Academy happened, how tough it has been and what it means for the club.
After losing our under 19 development squad to lack of funding a couple of seasons ago, there has been limited opportunities for our under 16 graduates to progress into senior football and some have found the jump to reserves and first team a little too daunting.
With this in mind, we wanted to create an opportunity where we could bridge the gap for our young stars and the Academy seemed to be an excellent opportunity for this.
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