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10 February 2017

Blues scholars play their part in X-Change group visit at St. Elizabeth Hospice

Town's scholars were at St. Elizabeth's Hospice earlier this week take part in their X-change group that offers young people the opportunity to meet and share their experiences.

The group enables the hospice's young adults to experience some independence away from their families and Town's youngsters played their part in engaging in sporting activities with those in attendance.

The hospice's transition and inclusion coordinator, Danny Thorrington was full of praise for the effort and application of the lads who also joined in with some non-sport related activities: "They were an absolute credit to themselves, and the Ipswich Town Academy," he said.

"The way they conducted themselves, and got stuck in was an absolute credit to them all and they should all feel very proud."

U18s boss Alan Lee was also in attendance, and was happy for his players to experience something different outside their comfort zone:

"We really enjoyed it and it was great for the lads and their life experience. All credit to all the staff for the difference they make."

It was an evening that is unlikely to be an isolated occasion for the youngsters with Academy manager, Lee O'Neill, along with the players, keen to return:

"A lot of our boys have already asked if we will be helping out more, which is a good sign," he said.

"Being honest, we were all very nervous, excited and apprehensive prior to the visit. However, the staff helped create an atmosphere that was fun, relaxing and competitive.

"It helps us as an Academy and a football club so we look forward to building a relationship with the X-change group."

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