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18 March 2013

What facilities are on offer at our Playford Road Training Centre

Access to natural grass pitches throughout the year (including winter months under floodlights) is available and the (60 x 40 yd) indoor facility provides continuity in the most extreme of weather conditions.

Further, Youth Development Phase players (schoolboys groups) attending day-release get the opportunity to associate with the Club environment as part of their embedding process into the Club culture and professional environment.

Also, the opportunity to mix the young professional group with senior players, as part of the development process, is viewed as highly desirable and is supported by the first-team manager.

 The Academy integrates with the senior professional playing staff and players throughout the day and this offers excellent opportunity for modelling behaviours for young players.

  In addition to the coaching facilities for Academy players, this year has seen extra classrooms, a match analysis suite and an extensive room for parents added to the Playford Road base.

  A commitment to continuous improvement is a common thread running through the organisation and the enhancement of facilities bears no exception.

This serves as a desirable inclusion when attracting, developing and retaining talented young players with potential to succeed.

  The provision of quality guidance and support and utilisation of quality facilities and equipment is central to the Ipswich Town Academy outlook.

This includes Development Centre involvement in events such as the in-house games programme through to involvement of Professional Development Phase players in senior practice (and games).

  Ipswich Town wishes to extend access and opportunity at all levels within the football organisation.

The Academy also utilises the Club-owned, floodlit synthetic grass and ancillary facilities at Portman Road to facilitate additional contact time with the foundation age groups. At all times Ipswich Town has sole use of these facilities.


(01473) 662720                 Yvonne Moore                            Academy Physiotherapist
                 (01473) 662720                Steve McGavin                                     Head of Recruitment
                 (01473) 662720                         Lee O'Neil                                Head of Sports Science
                 (01473) 662720               Jimmy Reynolds                              Head of Sports Medicine
  (01473) 662728  David Baynes-Robinson                 Head of Education and Welfare
(01473) 662720                    Sally Williams                                       Academy Secretary
  (01473) 662729              Helen Broughton                                     Operations Manager
Fax: (01473) 662727
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Playford Road
Address: Ipswich Town Training Centre
Ipswich Town Football Club Academy



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