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Dan Kemp: Hammer on the Rise

Dan Kemp is an up-and-coming attacking talent currently plying his trade at the highly regarded West Ham Academy under the guidance of Terry Westley and Liam Manning. Starting his journey at the Chelsea Academy as an U9 before moving to East London as a scholar, Kemp, now 18, now represents the West Ham U23s in Premier League 2 and has already trained with the first team. PDP Editor, Dave Wright spoke to Dan about his journey, what kind of coaches he responds to and the challenges of moving through the often-difficult professional development phase.


Dan Kemp was born in Sidcup, Kent and spent his childhood playing football, a “little bit of tennis” and playing big brother to Abby (18 months his junior) in Bexley. He cites his parents (Steve and Hillary) as a “massive influence” on his development. Having grown up attending Portsmouth games with his Dad, Kemp started out in the Chelsea Academy and has been developing his game ever since.

When asked about his footballing memories as a child, Kemp speaks fondly about playing in the park...

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