West Ham misses out on Academy license

29 Apr, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

West Ham Women are the only  WSL club not to be awarded a FA Professional Game Academy license.

All 24 Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship clubs will be required to deliver an academy by the 2025/26 season but the Hammers are the only club not to achieve the status before next season.

Initially, 20 clubs have been awarded licenses for the 2023/24 season with three clubs in the Championship also missing out for next season.

The FA released a statement on Friday saying “The revised pathway, which was announced in February, intends to identify and develop the very best talent in England, while also making the game more diverse, accessible and inclusive.  The PGAs will replace the 16 current FA WSL Academies and will provide a high-quality training environment to ensure players coming out of the pathway are ready to compete at the highest levels of the domestic and international game.

The PGAs, which have been developed following an extensive consultation period across the game, will come to fruition in the 2023/24 season and will cater for the development of talented female players between the ages of 14 to 20.”

Last month West Ham announced that West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady, Hammers executive director Tara Warren and the ticketing director Nikcy Keye have joined the West Ham Women’s board.

West Ham defender Lucy Parker has criticised her own club for failing to facilitate a match for their women’s team at the London Stadium. Parker was responding on Twitter to West Ham’s announcement that their men’s under-18s would play their FA Youth Cup semi-final at the stadium.

Last week West Ham manager Paul Konchesky said playing at London Stadium is “not a big deal” to his Women’s Super League side.

West Ham are the only team in the WSL this season not to have played at the same ground used by their men’s side.

“It’s a big deal to everyone at the moment but not to us,” said Konchesky.

“There’s ongoing talks and we’ll wait for the right time to play there.

“We know that everyone wants to play at the stadiums. Hopefully sooner rather than later this football club and team will play at the London Stadium, then nobody will say anything else about it.”





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