The Hammers are ready to become the first PL club to partner a prison in a new scheme aimed at reducing re-offending.
Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein is the man behind the scheme and the Hammers are keen to send coaches into a jail as part of The Twinning Project in order to give inmates a chance of a career within football.
Dein is supported by the government and various football authorities including the Premier League and EFL, now wants to see 20 clubs partner a local prison.
The Daily Mail reports: ‘Coaches will then deliver a programme to inmates and those who complete it will receive a qualification which, it is hoped, will kick start a coaching career or a path to employment.
The initial response at the launch on Wednesday was promising.”
‘We had a show of hands and more than 20 went up,’ Dein, 75, said. ‘The first was (West Ham vice-chairman) Karren Brady.’