Ipswich Town Charitable Requests Policy
Ipswich Town working in the community
At Ipswich Town Football Club, we understand our responsibilities within the community and appreciate that just like the support from our fans; our support can mean a lot to individual causes, local schools and charitable organisations. Unfortunately, as much as we would like to, due to limited resources and budgets we aren’t in a position to be able to help everyone.
We have therefore launched our own community-focused scheme which concentrates on supporting those living in and around Suffolk and our efforts are centred on these projects. This includes working with local schools through a brand new curriculum-relevant Education programme and the launch of our Memories Project, which supports those with dementia.
Whilst we aren’t in a position to help everyone to the extent that they would like, we do endeavour to support non-Club related local charities where we can although we are not able to make any financial donations. We do however offer to donate a prize to assist with fundraising.
For us to be able to consider any charitable support, we require that the fundraiser applies to us in writing giving the date and details of the event. Registered charities need to write to us on headed paper which includes their registered charity number. Those making requests to fundraise on behalf of a charity will need to include a letter from the charitable organisation to confirm that all money raised by the donation of a prize will go directly to the charity.
Request along with the required documents as outlined above need to be sent to:
Charitable Requests | Ipswich Town Football Club
Portman Road | Ipswich | Suffolk | IP1 2DA
Unfortunately the Club cannot guarantee that we are able to accommodate all requests due to the large volume we receive and are only able to support those registered by the charities commission.
Charity, community and school liaison is overseen by the Club’s Public Relations Manager, Jade Cole who can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Do ITFC have a nominated Club Charity?
We no longer have a nominated Club charity but have instead launched our own community-focused scheme which concentrates on supporting those living in and around Suffolk and our efforts are centred on these projects. This includes working with local schools through a brand new curriculum-relevant Education programme and the launch of our Memories Project, which supports those with dementia. We will also continue our support of our local hospitals and hospices.
Why are the Club supporting Prostate Cancer UK?
Prostate Cancer UK are the official charity partner of the Football League and we have opted to working alongside Prostate Cancer UK , The Football League and other Clubs to do what we can to support the charity.
I would like to request a raffle or auction prize to raise money for a charity, what do I need to do?
If you are a charity, write to us on your headed paper requesting a prize donation. If you are fundraising on behalf of a charity you will need to include a letter from that charitable organisation to confirm that you are fundraising for them. Send your letter to:
Charitable Requests | Ipswich Town Football Club, Portman Road | Ipswich | Suffolk | IP1 2DA.
Please note we require at least one months notice prior to your event and are unable to provide prizes during the close-season period.
What prize will I receive to assist with my fundraising?
Successful applicants will receive a voucher for two tickets to a game at Portman Road which is chosen by the Club. The voucher cannot be transferred to another match or exchanged for a cash equivalent.
Can I have a piece of signed merchandise to raffle or auction off to fundraise for charity?
We aren’t able to donate any signed merchandise to assist with fundraising as we don’t have the budget to accommodate everyone. We do however offer a voucher for a game at Portman Road. If you would like to purchase a signed item, you can do so via www.itfcdirect.com and selecting the signed merchandise option from the shop menu. All proceeds go to the Club’s community projects and the Academy once costs have been covered.
What if I buy a shirt or football? Can you get it signed for me?
Unfortunately we don’t have the staff to be able to accommodate these requests. You can purchase signed merchandise via www.itfcdirect.com and selecting the signed merchandise option from the shop menu. All proceeds are donated to the Club’s community projects and the Academy once costs have been covered.
Alternatively there is a designated area for autograph hunters outside our main reception after home games on a Saturday, which can be accessed via the main entrance on Constantine Road. No ticket purchase required.
I’m not local to the Football Club but can ITFC still support my charitable fundraising?
We’re afraid not. As we receive so many requests from lots of very worthy causes we have to limit the amount of charitable organisations we can help as we simply don’t have the resources or budget to support everyone. We therefore are only able to assist local people and local charities.
I do lots of fundraising for a very worthy community cause but they are not a registered charity, can you donate a prize?
Unfortunately not as there are so many worthy causes, we can only help those who are registered by the charities commission and have a registered charity number.
We are fundraising for our school, can you donate a raffle or auction prize?
Yes we can but the school needs to become a ‘Friend of Ipswich Town’. Please click here for information on our brand new Education Programme or e-mail email@example.com.
Can I arrange for an ITFC player to come into my school?
Please click here for information on how we are working with local schools through our new curriculum-relevant Education project.
Can I arrange for an ITFC player to attend my charity event?
Unfortunately we can’t arrange for our players to attend non-Club related charity events. We are limited on the days the players are available for visits in the community and so use the time we do have to support the Club’s community schemes.
Can I arrange for an ITFC player to attend my award or presentation evening?
Again as we are limited on player availability and receive many invitations to award or presentation evenings from local sports Clubs and schools, we unfortunately aren’t able to accommodate everyone.
I’m looking for sponsorship; can Marcus Evans, the Club or the players sponsor me?
We’re afraid we can’t assist with financial donations. The owner, the Club and the players invest within ITFC’s charitable endeavours including donating a substantial amount to our local hospitals and hospices every Christmas.
I’m travelling abroad to undertake volunteer work, can you donate a prize to help me fundraise the trip?
We are unable to support those who are looking to raise money to fund volunteer trips e.g. travelling to Africa to support a local project. This is because the money raised from the donation of a raffle prize will not be going directly to a registered charity, but instead to an individual to help cover the cost of the trip.
Ok, but can you donate any kit or football equipment for me to take with me?
On the rare occasion there is surplus kit at the end of the season, it is either used or sold by our Academy to assist with fundraising.
I’m visiting all 72 or 92 Football League Clubs in aid of a charity; can you donate a prize for me to auction?
Due to the number of people who commit to this challenge, we aren’t able to donate a prize to everyone. However we will accommodate those who take part in the challenge with a photo pitchside should the Club receive at least two weeks’ notice prior to your arrival and are at Portman Road during office hours (weekdays 9am-5pm). If you are planning to include us in your challenge, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
I won’t be arriving at Portman Road during office hours, is there anywhere else I can have my photo taken to prove I was there?
Yes there are lots of places surrounding the ground where you could have your photo taken including statues of Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey.
Can you promote my charitable event or fundraising page on your website, social media sites or matchday programme?
Unfortunately as we receive so many requests, we aren’t able to promote everyone’s charitable endeavours and feel it wouldn’t be fair to support some and not others. Our efforts are therefore focused on promoting Club-related charitable business.
I would like to collect money at the ground on a matchday for a registered charity, who do I need to contact?
We work in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council to allocate matchday collections for charities. To arrange a collection outside the ground you will need to contact Nicky.Beeham@ipswich.gov.uk to apply for a licence. Unfortunately we can’t accommodate non-club related charities inside the ground meaning collections will be outside the ground only. We work on a first come, first serve basis from July and do not provide any collectors.
If you still have a question with regards to charitable or community support, please contact the Club’s Public Relations Manager Jade Cole via email@example.com