Hammers unveil new £4 million academy headquarters

3 April 2019

Declan Rice West Ham
Photo: Getty Images Declan Rice is the latest England international to come out of West Ham’s academy.

The £4 million spend is part of a £10 million investment across West Ham’s training facilities.

Declan Rice is the latest England international to come out of West Ham’s academy, following in the footsteps of the likes of Bobby Moore, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand.

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West Ham United have officially opened their new academy facility at their training ground, Chadwell Heath. Current players such as captain Mark Noble and new England international Declan Rice were joined by club manager Manuel Pellegrini, joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold as well as Hammers-legends Sir Trevor Brooking, Alvin Martin and Tony Cottee at the opening.

The new academy facilities are part of a bigger investment at West Ham, with £100 million spent in the last summer transfer window and £10 million being invested in training ground facilities – four of them in the new academy. 

“This is a proud and special day for West Ham United, as we celebrate another magnificent step forward for our academy,” Gold said. 

With Declan Rice making a fantastic start to his senior England career last week, four academy graduates making their first team debut

“With Declan Rice making a fantastic start to his senior England career last week, four academy graduates making their first team debuts in Manuel Pellegrini’s team this season and a number of academy scholars representing their countries at junior international level, the future is looking extremely bright.” 

The investment in the training facilities has seen an upgrade of an enhanced indoor pitch, followed by a new interior construction containing state-of-the-art medical, fitness, analysis and education facilities and a coaches’ office with panoramic views of both the outdoor and indoor pitches, according to the club. 

Tradition of talents 

West Ham have made the investments to ensure the club will remain at the top when it comes to developing young talents, with Rice being the latest to follow in some big footsteps. 

Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Sir Trevor Brooking, through to Frank Lampard Sr, Alvin Martin, Tony Cottee, Paul Ince, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard Jr, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole have all come out of West Ham’s Essex-based academy. 

“Chadwell Heath holds such an important and special place in the heart of West Ham United,” said Gold. 

“There is such a rich history here to cherish, which the young players can feel as they walk through the door. It is an inspirational location but we also we have to keep moving forwards and ensuring that the environment is also modern and leading the way in terms of the facilities we offer, not only for the players who are here now, but also those we want to attract in the future,” he said.