Newham College Students Benefiting from West Ham United’s Players Project

West Ham United Foundation has developed a unique disability football session in partnership with Newham College’s Sports Enrichment team as part of the West Ham United Players’ Project.

The session, which engages students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has helped students gain confidence, develop social skills and become more active. 

The Newham College students involved got to play a match on the London Stadium pitch on Wednesday 7th November, where they spent time with Declan Rice, Robert Snodgrass, Anna Moorhouse and Brianna Visalli from the West Ham men’s and women’s teams. 

The West Ham United’s Players’ Project is a grass roots initiative that seeks to make a significant difference to people’s lives within east London. Baroness Brady, Vice-Chairman of West Ham United says: 

“The Players’ Project will see our first-team players from both the men’s and women’s teams become an ambassador for an area of community work. They will work on projects that are important to them personally, as part of our commitment to creating opportunities, delivering a sporting legacy and changing lives in the community.” 

Nathan Headly, Sports Engagement Lead at Newham College is thrilled about the project and says: 

“It has proven to be an effective tool for tackling inactivity as it provides a fun and nurturing environment for all students to feel safe and express themselves. They have taken to the Players’ Project with great enthusiasm. 

The West Ham United Foundation has created a real sense of community for our SEND students and they had an amazing experience at the London Stadium. We aim for this experience to be a blueprint for future growth of our disability sports provision at the College. This event has really inspired everyone to continue to develop quality provision for SEND students as we believe it is important to provide equal opportunities for all”.

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