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18 March 2013

A look at the people behind the team looking to bring through the next generation of Town players

The Academy Management team is made up as follows:

Academy Manager
Bryan Klug
Operations Manager
Helen Broughton
Head of Academy Coaching
Bryan Klug
Head of Academy Sports Science
Lee O'Neil
Head of Academy Medicine
James Reynolds
Head of Recruitment
Steve McGavin
Head of Education & Welfare
David Baynes-Robinson
Coach DeveloperBryan Klug
Professional Development (Lead) CoachRussell Osman

Success in the educational element of the scholarship secured him a place at Loughborough University and, ultimately a role within the Academy.  The Head of Recruitment is a former professional at Ipswich Town and the Head of Sports Science is a former scholar.

  Of the seven full-time coaching staff, five were professional or youth players with the Club.  The Academy Manager, Bryan Klug, joined the Club at the age of 15 and, with the exception of a few years, has spent his entire footballing career at Ipswich Town.

  The management staff of the Academy are all permanent employees and many have been with the Club for many years.

Continuity at the Ipswich Town Academy has been the policy and continues to be the policy that we adhere to.

This is the beginning of a journey and the plan that follows is in its embryonic phase. It will be modified perpetually as the seasons go by.  The future will be about continuity, upon which to strengthen Youth Development. The full-time staff have increased by seven and they totally embrace the advances that the EPPP will bring.

  He brings stability to the Academy. It has had two Managers since 2007 and four youth team coaches in the last two years.  The Academy is moving into the next era. Bryan Klug returned as Academy Manager in July 2012.

And, so it goes on - currently four Academy schoolboy players are the sons of former professionals at Ipswich Town.

This demonstrates that, for the majority of players who have been to Ipswich Town, they feel a part of the Ipswich Town family for the rest of their lives. Regular reunions see players returning to the Club from all over the world. The Academy is the nucleus of that family. Bryan Klug:
From the Academy Manager

Whilst the fundamentals of the game will always remain the same, the introduction and application of Sports Science, Video Analysis and advances in coaching methodologies mean that the needs of the modern player can all be catered for.   Academies and youth football have changed significantly with the advent of the Elite Player Performance Plan and we have undergone a process that has left us in a strong position.

Our goal at the Ipswich Town Academy is very simple; we want to offer the best players in this region the opportunity to develop into top class footballers and play for a great club.

Whilst we have had a good record for producing players in the past, we can only continue to do that be evolving and embracing the changes and challenges of the Elite Player Performances Plan.   We want to develop players who take responsibility and are decision makers.

 Within our Academy, we have all the ingredients needed to develop top class footballers; great facilities, a staff who are committed fully to the task (many of whom have been involved as players), but most of all we have created an atmosphere and environment that challenges players in every way. Parents, when faced with a choice of clubs, can clearly see that at Ipswich Town there is a genuine opportunity.  The biggest selling point over many years has been the willingness of managers to play players based on ability not age.

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