About the Academy
Ipswich Town has always been seen as a developer of players. Over the years it has provided many players, not only for Ipswich Town, but for other professional clubs and also for the national game.
The Academy works with players of all ages, as well as the pre-Academy and U23’s games programme. The three phases known within the Academy are;
1. Foundation age group (U9-U12’s age groups)
2. Youth Phase age groups (U13-U16’s age groups)
3. Professional Phase age group (U17-U21’s + U23 games Programme)
Our Academy Style
Players at the Academy are taught to have;
- Technical excellence;
- Tactical intelligence;
- The ability to create and exploit overloads;
- Dominance in 1v1 situation and in possession of the ball;
- Creativity with and without the ball, through the thirds;
- Good movement (looking for triangles) between the lines;
- Freedom to express;
- Desire to want to win the ball back.
Our Academy Steel
Players at the Academy have the following;
Ability to maintain belief at all times
- Positive mental attitude
- A desire to compete and win the ball back from the opposition.
- A desire to not concede goals
- Ability to have adaptability based on opposition, environment and situation.
The Academy is very much the cornerstone. Whatever level the Club has played at, the Youth Development system has provided a large percentage of squad members.
Notable players developed through the Youth System since the ‘60s include Roger Osborne and Mick Mills followed in the ‘70s and ‘80s by George Burley, John Wark, Terry Butcher, Russell Osman and Jason Dozzell, and more recently by James Scowcroft, Kieron Dyer, Richard Wright, Titus Bramble, Darren Bent, Darren Ambrose, Owen Garvan, Jordan Rhodes, Conor Wickham, Luke Hyam, Teddy Bishop and the latest to come through, Andre Dozzell, Josh Emmanuel and Myles Kenlock.
The opportunity for advancement to the first team for young players has always existed and is exemplified by such players as George Burley - debut at 17; Jason Dozzell - debut at 16; Richard Wright - debut at 17, Kieron Dyer - debut at 17, Darren Bent – debut at 18, Conor Wickham and Andre Dozzell – both debut at 16.
Over the coming years Ipswich Town Academy will be a core part of Ipswich Town’s strategy to achieving Premier League status and, as such, the Academy will ensure we are coaching and developing at the highest levels to develop potential top flight players.
Mission statement of Ipswich Town Academy
Attain and maintain Cat 1 Status and provide players for the first team or transfer market.
Vision statement of Ipswich Town Football Club
The Academy will be a part of Ipswich Town’s strategy to achieve Premier League status. The Academy will ensure they are coaching and developing at the highest levels to develop potential Premiership Players. The club aims to continually increase the percentage of home grown players who appear regularly in the first team.
To achieve our vision we prioritise the six core principles for which our club name stands:
Our six core Academy principles are:
- Lead - to show the way; to be first or foremost
- Empower - to give power to; to enable
- Achieve - to accomplish; to get or attain by effort
- Develop – to give opportunity; to fulfil potential
- Excellences – to demand; and display the very best
- Drive - to cause and guide progress; to impel forward
We also understand young players need to be motivated if they are to succeed in game. We do this by providing a stimulating curriculum and environment which will prepare them for their futures careers with confidence and determination.
Our eight core Academy values are:
- The Values we all share at the Academy (both staff and players) are:
- Respect – respect for ourselves, and respect, consideration and tolerance for the needs and views of others.
- Work ethic - A drive to work hard on and off the pitch
- Honestly - both with ourselves and with others.
- Cooperation - the ability to work with others, to recognise the contribution that other people make to our learning and our development, and to support and lead other people in their learning and their development.
- Self-reliance - ability to take responsibility for our own actions and to grow as individuals.
- Sharing - we encourage all players and staff to share in their own learning, and in the range of activities that the Academy and its community can provide.
- Equality - both of opportunity and esteem.
- Encouragement - to help approach training/work with enthusiasm and find enjoyment in the learning and of the roles.
Academy Management Team
Bryan Klug - Academy Manager/Head of Coaching
Lee O’Neill - Assistant Academy Manager/Head of Sports Science
Steve McGavin - Head of Recruitment
Matthew Clarke - Head of Education and Welfare
James Reynolds – Head of Academy Medicine
Helen Broughton - Academy Operations Manager
Academy Full Time Staff
Gerard Nash - U23 Senior Professional Development Coach
Alan Lee U18’s - Lead Professional Development Coach
Chris Hogg U18’s – Assistant Lead Professional Coach
Darren Smith – Head of Academy Goalkeeping
Scott Mitchell – Head of Academy Performance Analysis
Luke Hart – Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach
Scott Baxter - Senior Academy Physiotherapist
George Buckley – Lead Performance Analysis
Adem Atay – U12-16’s Lead Youth Phase Coach
Ben Pugh – U13-U14 Assistant Youth Phase Coach
Duncan Wheeler – U9-U12 Lead Foundation Phase Coach
Alice Grindrod – Academy Sports Therapist
Lori Nice – Performance Psychological coach