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West Ham Women to move to Chadwell Heath base

PUBLISHED: 14:41 06 July 2020 | UPDATED: 14:42 06 July 2020

The main stand during West Ham United Women vs Arsenal Women, Women's FA Cup Football at Rush Green Stadium on 26th January 2020

The main stand during West Ham United Women vs Arsenal Women, Women's FA Cup Football at Rush Green Stadium on 26th January 2020

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West Ham United Women will have a new training base for the 2020-21 Super League season.

Kate Longhurst of West Ham during West Ham United Women vs Arsenal Women, Women's FA Cup Football at Rush Green Stadium on 26th January 2020Kate Longhurst of West Ham during West Ham United Women vs Arsenal Women, Women's FA Cup Football at Rush Green Stadium on 26th January 2020

The club have announced a new state-of-the-art base at the iconic Chadwell Heath training ground, now among the most modern and advanced in the women’s top flight.

Redeveloped as part of the board’s wider strategy around the growth and development of the club at all levels, it had £22million of investment in the infrastructure.

And managing director Jack Sullivan told whufc.com: “The relocation of our women’s training facility to the redeveloped Chadwell Heath, the historic home of West Ham United, is a fantastic show of our club’s commitment to providing a platform of excellence for our women’s team to grow, develop and excel.

“With this new training base, we want the players to enjoy their work environment and treat it as a home away from home.

West Ham players warm up during West Ham United Women vs Arsenal Women, Women's FA Cup Football at Rush Green Stadium on 26th January 2020West Ham players warm up during West Ham United Women vs Arsenal Women, Women's FA Cup Football at Rush Green Stadium on 26th January 2020

“It has always been a long-term goal to have a dedicated, purpose-built West Ham United women’s training facility and I am thrilled that we have now achieved this.

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“These uniquely crafted facilities, alongside the already excellent resources available at Chadwell Heath, will hopefully help our women’s team to continue to progress and strive to reach the next level, as we head into our third season as a professional team in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.”

Head coach Matt Beard added: “It is a great pleasure to begin work ahead of the new Barclays FA WSL season at our new base at Chadwell Heath.

“The significance of this move is not lost on any member of our team. It is a privilege to work at the same location that brought West Ham some of the most iconic names in football, including the legendary Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, and more recently Mark Noble and Declan Rice.

“Our ambition now is to honour the legacy of Chadwell Heath with our hard work, attitude and ability as we seek to write the beginning of our own history here.

Captain Gilly Flaherty, having also signed a new contract on Monday, said: “It has been a privilege to be a part of West Ham United women’s journey as a professional team since the first day of our first season in the Barclays FA WSL, and to have the opportunity to work at Chadwell Heath is the next huge step in our progression.

“The facilities built and developed at our new base at the club’s historic home have all been implemented with player development and welfare at the forefront of the priority list, and I can speak for every member of our squad when I say we are excited to begin work for the new campaign in our new base.”

West Ham will use it for the first time this week as they return to pre-season ahead of the new Women’s Super League campaign.


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