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Record numbers attend open trials day

Filed: Monday, 24th June 2013
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United Ladies' junior section attracted a record attendance for their annual trials day last weekend.

More than 130 aspiring young footballers, all eager to wear the famous claret and blue colours for the forthcoming 2013/14 season attended the day's two sessions with many coming from top London clubs, local academies and schools of excellence.

With the high numbers in attendance, the Club's junior managers were rewarded with the arduous task of whittling down the numbers to form their new squads for the coming season with existing players and new triallists all competing for the same positions.

In other WHULFC news the previously-vacant Under 11 manager's position has been filled by Greg Regan. Greg comes to the club with a strong background in youth football having coached several local teams (plus Essex youth Futsal). "I'm really excited to be taking this young West Ham side on," he said, "and grateful to be given this opportunity."

Finally, the senior Ladies section is in the process of lining up some exciting pre-season games against tough opposition. One match already confirmed is against Arsenal Ladies, arguably the strongest women’s side in the country.

Having recently won the Womans' FA Cup with a convincing 3-0 win against Bristol Academy, Arsenal will be fielding a string of England internationals who will provide the Hammers with a stern test. In charge for that game will be new Hammers manager Mark Saunderson.

The Ladies are looking to entice a healthy support to this pre-season friendly which will be staged on Wednesday, 24th July at Thurrock FC (Ship Lane, Aveley RM19 1YN). The match is scheduled for a 7.45pm kick off.

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