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Hammers at Home still reaching out

A statement on the official website is explaining how the club is attempting to continue its work through the West Ham United Foundation’s schemes.

And whilst explaining that obviously things cannot continue as normal the club understands how important it is to stay connected and engaged.

As a result they have been altering plans to ensure that while this isolation period continues the club’s outreach work continues.

It says: “From challenge videos to online groups to workshops to activities to one-to-one mentoring, our initiatives across Community, Health, Football Development and Learning are establishing innovative ways to provide meaningful interaction.”

And Joseph Lyons, Chief Executive Office  said: “We understand this is an unsettling time across the nation and that engagement with our community is more important than ever.

As part of West Ham’s Hammers at Home campaign, we will be continuing to motivate, inspire and educate through a number of changes to our programmes which will aim to meet the needs of our participants, helping them to navigate through this challenging period together.”

The initiative extends from the hugely award-winning Players’ Project – the club’s our community outreach programme that has helped change and improve the lives of so many people across east London and the surrounding areas.

ClaretandHugh says: The cynics out there believed perhaps when the Irons launched their social justice initiative via the scheme that it was something of a public relations exercise. But the reality is that The Players Project and what has sprung from it has shown how football can truly change lives. So many projects have been set up with the Players playing a genuinely important part. The homeless have been fed and on occasions been able to meet their heroes personally. That they have been pro active in finding ways to keep things going in these very difficult times is admirable and we applaud their efforts. Yes, the club like any organisation on earth, gets things wrong but this is something they have got genuinely right and we should all be very proud of the work they have achieved.

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