West Ham have received confirmation that a new Academy training development at Rush Green can now go ahead, it has been reported by ExWHUEmployee.
It is understood that the new building, which will be utilised for our Academy of Football, has been in the works for a few years by the clubs Board, and the conformation means works can now commence in the new year, with construction will start in January or February 2024.
Reporting on The West Ham Way Patreon, our Podcast co-host and club insider Ex has stated that the development will be a significant investment by the club, although this is unrelated to the ongoing proposed acquisition of Oakfield Playing Fields in Fairlop.
“This building has been planned for a few years now by the board and with Academy manager Kenny Brown pushing for the development, it has now been given permission to build in January or February of next year,” stated Ex on Patreon.
“We discussed that the application was in on this week’s Podcast but I have since heard that it has now been approved. The new building will contain the following things: Changing rooms, canteen, offices, analysis suite, gym and training areas.
“It is thought that this new project does not affect the situation with the Bealonians pitch and is a separate project that is set to cost the club millions of pounds. The club think this is a vital step in enabling our youngsters to have the nest opportunities to progress at academy level.
“Of course how many opportunities those players would then get comes down to the manager but as far as the academy goes this is a positive step.”