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28 April 2015

New partnership is launched for U7s football at Portman Road

A new partnership will see U7 sides offered a regular fixtures programme on the practice pitch at Portman Road. 

The partnership involves Town, Suffolk FA, Ipswich & Suffolk Youth League and the South Suffolk Youth League. 

Suffolk FA have been organising and running U7s 4v4 festivals for four seasons. They were first introduced in partnership with the Ipswich & Suffolk Youth League and Ipswich Town FC. 

The festivals were developed as a 4v4 model to allow players to have more touches on the ball, more passes, more goals, more dribbles and more individual decision making, and the model has proved a great success. 

The format over the past few seasons has seen Town host a couple of festivals per season on the practice pitch at Portman Road, with the rest of the festivals hosted at various Charter Standard clubs. 

“This new partnership is a fantastic opportunity for players to receive more match time in an environment which will give them a great football experience,” said Nathan French, Football Development Manager at Suffolk FA. 

“Steve McGavin and Ipswich Town have been fantastic over the past few seasons, allowing so many players to have the experience of playing outside Portman Road. I know this has been really well received by the clubs, parents and most importantly the players.

Steve, head of recruitment at Town’s Academy added: “We are the focal point of the community and we like to think we have an inter-action with lots of different age groups, and for children of this age it is their first introduction to any sort of organised football.

“What we are trying to create is the right environment for these young people to really enjoy their football.

“The U7 festivals have been running for three years now in conjunction with Suffolk FA, the South Suffolk Youth League and the Ipswich Sunday Youth League, and they have been a huge success.

“We want to build on that and make it bigger so that more teams can experience playing small-sided 4v4 matches within a professional environment but one which is also based on fun.”

If you would like to know more about the festivals, which will start in September 2015, then please contact 


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