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27 June 2015

Top Academy status remains the aim for Town but MD acknowledges that it will take time

Town MD Ian Milne has confirmed to the official Club website that Category One status for the Academy remains the aim but appreciates that it will take time to deliver.


The Club missed out on the top status by 0.3 per cent last term, with the criteria for what is required to get to that level moving significantly over the past 12 months- with a substantial outlay for brand new 3G pitches at the Training Ground just one example of what is needed.


“I had a meeting with Marcus (Evans) on Wednesday and the news is that we are planning to apply for Category One status, through the audit process, in the autumn of 2016,” Ian told the Club website.

“They’ve been changing the rules for about 18 months now, which can be frustrating because it’s hard for us to know, at this present time, what is the new standard and what exactly is required.

“They’ve done a major overhaul of the audit. That’s where the knowledge gap is because that hasn’t quite filtered down yet.

“The Premier League need to really set down quickly what the new standards are that we have to meet, so we can crack on.

“On the bits that we do know about, we are working hard towards meeting them. We have been and continue to do everything we can do to deliver Category One status to Ipswich Town in the future.

"We know the support and appetite for the Academy is still as strong as ever. That was highlighted by the work Simon Milton and his team put in to making the recent London to Amsterdam cycle challenge a huge success for the Academy.

"67 cyclists took part, raising a lot of money for both the Academy and Prostate Cancer UK and numbers continue to grow."

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