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18 March 2013

Recruiting the best and making sure their environment is the best


We are not immune to the competition but we are confident that we have the right learning environment for talented young players and their families.

This area of the professional game has become very competitive with Academies putting more emphasis on trying to sign the best players at young ages.

Our scouts have developed relationships with local clubs, schools, soccer schools and county FAs to source talent. The Academy is the pinnacle for young talented footballers.

We have a network of local, UK and Irish scouts who are responsible for unearthing these players.

The prime purpose of the recruitment programme is to identify talented players who demonstrate the capability, desire and potential to meet the high standards required to become a professional player at Ipswich Town Football Club.

Head of Recruitment
Steve McGavin

Education and Welfare

Finally, as the young footballer joins the two year scholarship programme, after Year 11 (full details on

From school years 8-11, they will be invited to attend a Day Release programme to extend and push their football development without their school work suffering.

  Their academic development will aid all aspects of their life, their career as a footballer still being a long way off.

 Education and football go hand in hand. The youngest of our Academy players will train and play with us at evenings, weekends and holiday periods, outside of school time.), football becomes the main focus of the timetable, with the education supporting the player’s football development and allowing their non-football CV to continue to grow, offering opportunities outside of football, such as university


Let’s make football safe – not sorry.

They should enjoy the successes they achieve and not be scared of trying something and possibly failing.   At Ipswich Town FC Academy, we believe a young player is entitled to have a safe place to train, play and learn.

Young players put enough pressure on themselves worrying about their performance. Have they let down their team-mates, friends, family, coach, parents or themselves?

Head of Education and Welfare
David Baynes-Robinson






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