Town to take on youth development in Suffolk as partnership with ITFC Charitable Trust ends
The invitation-only Advanced Coaching Programme will see young players take part in an extensive coaching programme designed by Town’s Academy staff.
All players will be closely monitored by Academy coaches, with any who show potential invited to attend the Academy Development Centres.
The Advanced Coaching Programme replaces the Player Development Centres run by the ITFC Charitable Trust and comes at a time when the Football Club and the ITFC Charitable Trust have decided to go their separate ways.
The ITFC Charitable Trust will now be rebranded as Inspire Suffolk – Education and Sports Charity – and will be concentrating on multi-sports. Inspire Suffolk will be based at the former Holywells School site, Ipswich.
“We have enjoyed a positive working relationship with the Club during 10 years as a charity and many more of course as the community department of the Club but with ITFC focusing on the Academy development of young people in Suffolk, the time is right to see the two organisations split and we wish the Club well,” said Inspire Suffolk chief executive, Terry Baxter.
“We are continuing our commitment to help inspire, motivate and educate young people using many sports including football at our new facility and at centres across the county.”
Town joint managing director, Ian Milne, said: “With our commitment to producing homegrown talent through our Academy, we want to take a leading role in the area at grassroots level and that’s why we are introducing the Advanced Coaching Programme.
“With that in mind and the Trust’s decision to move into multi-sports, it’s a natural progression to go our separate ways.
“On behalf of the Football Club I’d like to thank Terry and his team for their work over many years and wish them every success at Inspire Suffolk.
“As well as working on youth development from grassroots up, the Club will of course continue to actively support local charities.
“Our players took part in more than 430 hours of charity and community events last season and we’re hoping to beat that this year.”
More details of the Advanced Coaching Programme will be published in due course, with programmes set to be run in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds from the New Year until the end of the season.
Free taster sessions will be held in December, with all 303 players who were registered on the Player Development Centre courses automatically invited to take part.