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31 January 2013

Town take the fitness message into schools

Ipswich Town have linked up with The Co-operative and ITFC Charitable Trust to launch an initiative aimed at providing sports opportunities for 1,800 schoolchildren in Suffolk. 

The Co-operative Multi-sports Programme will see fitness coaches deliver sessions based around speed, agility and quickness at 12 local schools. 

Children participating in the programme will also receive a booklet to encourage them to continue to develop and improve their fitness and practice the skills they have learnt. They will also have the opportunity to receive free entry to a Town game at Portman Road this season.

Town’s Scott Loach and Aaron Mclean helped launched the Co-operative Multi-sports Programme at Cliff Lane Primary School, Ipswich today and will see other schools from Ipswich as well as Saxmundham, Thetford, Felixstowe, Kersey, Bury St Edmunds and Woodbridge, taking part.

“Developing our involvement with the Club’s community programme is a natural fit for our businesses because it is very important for us to support local people and communities in which we trade,” said The Co-operative’s Sponsorship Manager, Aileen Walters.   

“The Co-operative is delighted to be involved with this initiative, which is aimed at promoting fitness and healthy living for primary school children.

“We appreciate that grassroots sport has an important role to play, not only in giving children the opportunity to benefit from regular exercise but also to learn about teamwork and develop social skills.”

Terry Baxter, chief executive of the ITFC Charitable Trust, added: “We are always looking at new ideas and ways of getting the message across to youngsters in the community of the benefits of actively being involved in sport and The Co-operative Multi-sports Programme will be doing just that.”   

Ipswich Town has enjoyed a long relationship with Britannia, which is part of The Co-operative Bank.  The Co-operative Bank is the official provider of savings accounts, mortgages and current accounts for supporters – a relationship dating back to 1998 that has seen the financial services provider contribute more than £7million to youth development at the Club. 

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