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Can West Ham United fix England team's talent gap?

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

Can West Ham United fix England team's talent gap? Can West Ham United fix England team's talent gap?

With the England football team once again crumbling in the most pathetic fashion on the world stage, could a new scheme develop the talent the country needs for a future, successful fist at the World Cup?

West Ham United Community Sports Trust has joined forces with social landlord Circle Housing Old Ford to help young people hone their footballing talents and learn other key skills.

Qualified coaches from West Ham are hosting training sessions twice a week at Newtons Primary School, Rainham. And residents can also take part in the regular organised matches or tournaments.

Hopefully, the scheme will tap into a pool of talent reminiscent of the sensational West Ham players who contributed to England's only footballing triumph - the 1966 World Cup.

The club’s Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore and Martin Peters are widely seen as the 'spine' of the team that beat West Germany 4-2 in the famous final.

Michael Ward, academy integration officer for West Ham United Community Sports Trust, said: “Sessions are tailored to improve all players’ football ability as well as all players having lots of fun. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Circle Housing Old Ford and seeing new players in the coming weeks."

The training, which is free to join for all young people in the borough, is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Newtons Primary School, Rainham.

Monica Paul, community development partnership manager for Circle Housing Old Ford, said: “We were all sad to see England bowing out of the World Cup so early on, but that hasn’t stopped residents turning out in force for our sessions.

“As well as teaching young people how to improve their technique with a ball, this project is a great way for young people to build confidence and other important skills.”

Circle Housing runs 66,000 homes across the country, with its nine housing association partners providing services to around 200,000 customers. 

Though not exactly fancied as favourites, Roy Hodgson’s England team nevertheless managed to disappoint enormously during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Risible performances saw the side beaten by both Italy and Uruguay, while a 0-0 draw with Costa Rica left many in semi-comatose states.

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