West Ham United International Academy and Kickers Soccer Club
The Kickers SC is proud to be the only club in Illinois accepted into the West Ham United International Academy affiliate program.
2017 Camp dates coming soon
Friday June , Saturday June and Sunday June
Stuart Sports Complex, Aurora, IL
2016 - 6 players invited to England to train at the West Ham Academy
2016 - 41 players invited to National Camps in Georgia and Arizona
2015 - 8 players invited to England to train at the West Ham United Academy
2015 - 26 players invited to the National Camps in Georgia and Arizona
2014 - 2 players invited to England to train at the West Ham United Academy
2014 - 15 players invited to the National Camp in Georgia
West Ham United are a professional soccer team based in London, England (part of the Barclay’s Premier League) with a prestigious history and youth academy which regularly generates first team players. Over the years notable players are Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand. The International Academy is based in Georgia and aims to promote youth development in US clubs and identify talent for recruitment into the youth academy in England.
Kickers SC and WHUIA have joined forces for several reasons:
- To help and assist each other with training ideas and curriculum focus/pathways
- To identify player talent at an early stage and assist in nurturing it
- To offer a high level talent ID camp coached by WHUIA coaches at a discounted member rate - only $75 ($125 for non members)
- To build a relationship with other WHUIA academy clubs in the US
Kickers SC players will be part of a larger network of talented players from the US, with the coaching staff in direct discussion with WHUIA coaching staff on ways to promote talent and nurture players in the best environment possible.
Camp at Stuart Sports Complex Camp at Stuart Sports Complex
Players attending National Camp
The camp is open to all competitive players from ages 8-18 and will be overseen by a senior members of the West Ham International Academy. The camp consists of coaching methods direct from the West Ham United Academy in England. Player's excelling at this camp will be invited to the National Residential Camp in Atlanta, Georgia or Casa Grande, Arizona. Players excelling at the National Camp will be invited to London, England for training at the Academy.
Message from Coach Ross (West Ham United U12 Academy Coach) to the Kickers Nation:
"I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Kickers SC and would like to thank them for their warm welcome and passion for developing their players. Their philosophy of long term development mirrors that of West Ham United's where we are solely interested in the long term development of an individual rather than the short term gain of winning on Saturday! The main focus of our curriculum is vision and awareness and I encourage all Kickers players to check their shoulder to gain an understanding of where their team mates are, where the opposition is and where the space is! This awareness will enable you to make better decisions with the ball!"
Please take a moment to view these links for more information:
Beacon News article about players traveling to London, England: