Academy tie up close link with Culford School for player development
Town have linked up with Culford School to form a new football academy in Bury St Edmunds.
Former Blues striker and now Academy coach, Alan Lee, will head up the academy while continuing to work at Playford Road.
“Bury St Edmunds is the second largest town in Suffolk and we are keen to do more in the area,” said Town’s Academy manager, Lee O’Neill.
“Culford have established academies in tennis and golf, excellent facilities and expertise that will naturally support a football programme.
“With Alan's experience and achievements at the Academy, it will really help the whole area, developing players for the Club and our presence in Bury St Edmunds.
“Alan will continue at the Club, particularly as a specialist coach with Academy strikers.”
Alan added: “I am extremely excited by the prospect of leading this new academy and helping pupils realise their footballing ambitions.
“The academy is about football and education; pupils can combine their academic studies and receive the same benefits that a player would get at a Premier League football academy.”
Culford headmaster, Julian Johnson-Munday, said: “We are very excited to introduce football to Culford with Ipswich Town, our partners.
“The success of our tennis and golf academies demonstrate that we are perfectly placed to launch such an exciting venture.”