Town miss out on Academy step up by 0.3 per cent but Club determined to achieve that status
Blues were audited at 74.7 per cent, fractionally below the 75 per cent mark that would have qualified the Club to make the step up to Category 1.
“We’re obviously disappointed to miss out on Category 1 this time,” Academy manager Bryan told the Club website.
“The staff, in particular Helen Broughton, worked tirelessly to prepare for the audit and we felt confident that our structure is good enough to be granted Category 1 status.
“We’re all disappointed, frustrated but we go again. Getting to Category 1 is our aim and everyone is fully committed to getting there.
“I have spoken to Marcus [Evans, Club owner] and he’s as disappointed as the rest of us but he’s fully supportive of us moving forward and continuing to push for Category 1.
“We have made a lot of progress over the past year and we will continue to make progress.
“We will be audited again next season and we will be doing everything we can to achieve Category 1 status because that puts us in the best position to produce young footballers for Ipswich Town.”