West Ham United Kicks PL Sessions / London Stadium Tour
Hi everyone, Ruby here. This week I've reviewed the West Ham United football PL foundation and a tour of the London Stadium, which is the home of West Ham United from 2016 and also home to the London 2012 Olympic games.
The foundation is open to ages (8-16 years) and a place where you can train and improve your football skills. The coaches give you lots of tips and are always willing to help you if you need it. There are multiple sessions for boys and girls on different days. Every Monday 5pm to 6:30pm, which is the session I attend.
I feel this training helps us develop and improve as footballers. You can practise and complete drills. Here are some of the drills we do: passing drills, moving into space to create angles so you're always around to receive the ball and mini matches. I've been twice and it is really enjoyable. I found the sessions fun, helpful and it's good to play with children of different ages and abilities.
When doing the stadium tour I visited the dressing rooms, which had the players' shirts hanging up. I also got to walk in the footsteps of them because I walked through the tunnel onto the ground where I sat on the manager's chair. We even got to go into the manager's office and walk past the frames of West Ham legends, with more information about them. To my amazement, I ran a part of the Olympic track, which hosted the Olympics; London 2012. Our guide was very informative and answered any questions. (Tour may vary)
Interesting facts about London stadium: 60,000 seats for football, 80,000 capacity for concerts, community track and 428 wheelchair viewing spaces.
I would do more training and perhaps visit the stadium again but I have already treasured that moment.
Football Foundation: 8.5/10
London stadium tour: 9/10
Overall experience: Enjoyable, useful and I look forward to learning new football techniques. The stadium tour was good. I got a feel of what it would be like as a player and visited areas you wouldn't get to see at a match, well worth a visit.
Fun factor: Fun for all ages, great as a gift.
Price: West Ham Community foundation sessions are free. Stadium tour: fees apply.
www.london-stadium.com (fees apply)